Linguistics Department

Michael Everdell

PhD, University of Texas, Austin

Teaching Assistant



Uto-Aztecan languages, morpholgy, syntax, historical linguistics, suppletion, defectiveness


LIN 306 • Intro To The Study Of Language

40455 • Spring 2018
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM CLA 0.104

This course will introduce you to linguistics, the scientific study of language. How are human languages structured? Do humans have an innate capacity for language? How do children learn language? How is adult language learning different? How did the languages of the world evolve? What are the differences between verbal and non-verbal communication? Is there a "universal grammar"? How diverse and different are the languages of the world? How much does "language endangerment" and language extinction around the world affect global cultural diversity? Should every country have one "official" language? Are standard languages preferable to regional dialects? In short, this class is about everything you always wanted to know about language, and maybe a few things you never even thought to ask.



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