Introduction to Study of Language


Explore what is known about human language: its unique nature and structure, its universality, and its diversity. Study language in its social and cultural setting, in relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge.

Starting at $798.00
As few as 11 weeks

What you can learn.

  • Explore sentence structure (syntax) and the meaning of words and sentences (semantics and pragmatics)
  • Learn articulation and interaction of speech sounds (phonetics and phonology)
  • Discover word formation and sources of new words (morphology)
  • Learn language development over time (historical and comparative linguistics)
  • Explore language acquisition by children and adults
  • Learn neural foundations of language

About this course:

What is known about human language, its unique nature, structure, universality, diversity, social and cultural setting, and its relation to other aspects of human inquiry and knowledge? Instruction covers the structure of human language, including articulation and interaction of speech sounds (phonetics and phonology), word formation and sources of new words (morphology), structure of sentences (syntax), meaning (semantics), and the origin of English and related languages (historical linguistics). The course may be taken as an introduction to the scientific study of language and also provides the necessary background for higher-level linguistics courses. Transferable for UC credit.

Summer 2021 Schedule

Available Format(s):

Course content is delivered through an online learning platform where you can engage with your instructor and classmates. There are no required live meetings, but assignments are due regularly.

This section has no set meeting times.
Instructor: Natalie Operstein
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Fulfills in part the General Education requirement of the UCLA College of Letters and Science. Exams are proctored online; additional requirements include microphone, headphones/speakers, and webcam. Enrollment limited to 25 students. Visitors not permitted. Enrollment deadline: June 25, 2021. Internet access required. Materials required.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after June 25, 2021
Course Requirements
(Optional) Book: The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
(Optional) Book: Language Myths by Bauer, L. & P. Trudgill, editors

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