Have you ever wondered why
➽ a young child might say, ‘he goed to the park’?
➽ something can be disheveled but not sheveled, unkempt but never kempt?
➽ Americans use elevators but the British use lifts?
Welcome to the Fascinating World of Linguistics!
Linguistics is the Objective Study of Language.
The Department offers an introductory linguistics course, LING 200, which fulfills the General Education requirement (HU distribution, multicultural requirement); the course is open to all students who have successfully completed EN101/101A and required of Communication majors (3 transfer credits)
Pleae go to the following link to watch a brief introduction video to linguistics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=674Y23J3WwM
Linguistics is a broad field. Here are some language-related topics that we cover:
Phonetics and Phonology: the sounds we use
the structure of words we use
the structure of sentences we use
the meaning of words and sentences
the way we talk in different situations
Dialects and Variation
We don’t all have to speak the same, y’know
Dialects can vary based on many factors, such as region, ethnic background, social class, profession, age, gender
Modern-day language variation is also based on technology, known as computer-mediated communication (CMC)
Languages change through time; studying this kind of change tells us which languages are related or not
1. English and Turkish?
2. English and Hindi?
3. Turkish and Mongolian?
1. No (English is Indo-European; Turkish is in the Altaic family)
2. Yes (Indo-European)
3. Yes (Altaic family)
How do children acquire their native language?
Are children really better learners than adults?
Are some languages easier than others?
Languages use different symbols. Click on OmniGlot to find out more
How do we understand what we hear and how do we produce words and sentences we say?
How do we do it so fast?
Why do we confuse:
“The Russian women loved died”
“Eye drops off shelf”
If any or all of these topics interest you, this course is a great way to earn 3 transfer credits! See you in LING 200!
If you need further information on the Linguistics discipline, please contact the following person(s) from the designated campus:
Mary Murphy, 240-567-7845 or Mary.Murphy@montgomerycollege.edu
Barbara Mumford, 240-567-7407 or Barbara.Mumford@montgomerycollege.edu
Marie Roche, 240-567-7408 or Marie.Roche@montgomerycollege.edu
Shelly Alves, 240-567-3944 or mailto:Shelley.Alves@montgomerycollege.edu