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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 IconLinguistics 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:

Linguistics is a broad field. Here are some language-related topics that we cover:

Formal Analysis

Phonetics and Phonology: the sounds we use
Morphology: the structure of words we use
Syntax: the structure of sentences we use
Semantics: the meaning of words and sentences Pragmatics: 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)

Historical Linguistics

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)

Language Learning

How do children acquire their native language?
Are children really better learners than adults?
Are some languages easier than others?

Writing Systems

Languages use different symbols. Click on OmniGlot to find out more

Language Processing

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


Barbara Mumford, 240-567-7407 or
Marie Roche, 240-567-7408 or

Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Shelly Alves, 240-567-3944 or

Montgomery College

Montgomery County, MD


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