LING 102: Introduction to Language

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3

An investigation of the nature and function of language, its sounds, structures and semantics, oral and written expression, acquisition and change. General linguistic principles applicable to all languages will be covered. We will learn ways of talking about language that will enable us to discuss language and understand what linguists do and say.


Credit for ENG 22 or ENG 23 or higher or consent of instructor.

Course Outcomes
  • Examine and appreciate humanity’s supreme achievement— human language—and its repercussions.
  • Articulate an appreciation of human languages and how they work.
  • Articulate the diversity of communication systems in daily lives.
  • Examine and assess one’s own language beliefs, capabilities, and learning.