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LINGUIST List 21.1975

Mon Apr 26 2010

Sum: Online Courses for Introduction to Linguistics

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        1.    Tania Ionin, Online Courses for Introduction to Linguistics

Message 1: Online Courses for Introduction to Linguistics
Date: 25-Apr-2010
From: Tania Ionin <tioninillinois.edu>
Subject: Online Courses for Introduction to Linguistics
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Query for this summary posted in LINGUIST Issue: 21.1793
Thank you to the following linguists who have responded to my query
with information about online courses:

Jennifer Smith
Michael Vermy
Emily Nava
Kazuko Hiramatsu
Andrew Carnie
Helaine Marshall
Lynne Stallings
Wayne Cowart

Below is the summary of the relevant information, arranged with
institutions, course names, and links. Not all of these classes are
offered in the summer, but many are. I am very grateful to everyone
who has shared information on this; we now have a good list of online
courses to recommend to our entering students.

Course information:

Institution: UNC Chapel Hill
Course (from Jennifer Smith): Introduction to Language, administered
through Continuing Education, but the instructors are from the
Linguistics Department (typically graduate students with prior in-
classroom teaching experience).

Textbook: O'Grady et al. "Contemporary Linguistics." 5th edition
(2005), ISBN 978-0312451363.

Content (as described by Jennifer Smith): equivalent to face-to-face
course LING 101/Intro to Language. It covers basic areas of formal
linguistics plus some historical, sociolinguistics, and language

Offered: regularly, each fall, spring, and often even in the summer. It is
offered for both Summer 2010 and Fall 2010.

http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/cp/cco/ [Continuing Ed main site]

Institution: UCLA extension
Course: Intro to the Study of Language

Content (from the website): 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.

Offered: June 27 - September 18, 2010

Link: https://www.uclaextension.edu/r/Course.aspx?reg=V7542

Institution: University of Michigan-Flint

Course: An online section of English 200/Linguistics 200 (Introduction
to Linguistics) (also offered online: Linguistics 244 - Structure of

Content (from website): Introduction to the study of language. Goals
and methodology of linguistics: phonology, morphology,
transformational grammar, semantics. Language change and language
universals. Relationship of language study to other disciplines:
sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language learning, philosophy of
language, animal languages, computers.

Offered: Every fall and winter semester and usually one in the
spring/summer; offered Summer 2010

Textbook: Finegan, "Language: Its structure and use," 5th edition.

Link: http://www.umflint.edu/online/onlinecourses.htm

Institution: University of Arizona

Course: Intro to Linguistics (Linguistics 201), online section

Content (as described by Andrew Carnie): Our Intro Ling covers all the
main areas, such as Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, and
Semantics, along with touching on Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics
(and related stuff) and other interface areas.

Offered (info from Andrew Carnie):
1. May 15 - June 5
2. June 7 - July 8
3. July 12 - August 11
4. Our regular Fall Semester
One important caveat: right now only the last one is open to people
outside of the U of A (that is, offered through our "outreach college").
However, if we knew that people wanted to register for the summer
ones we could open up "outreach college" sections for any of the ones
offered during the summer. But we'd need to know in advance. The
one downside - non-Arizona residents have to pay out of state tuition,
which isn't cheap.

Link: http://www.azun.net/

Institution: Westchester Graduate Campus, Long Island University

Course: TED 655 Fundamentals of Linguistics (graduate-level only)

Content (as described by Helaine W. Marshall): This course explores
the underlying structure of languages as well as the evolution and
psychology of language. Phonological, morphological, syntactic and
semantic patterns are examined and discussed.

Offered: every spring semester

Link: http://www.liu.edu/westchester/forms/spring2010_schedule.pdf

Institution: Ball State University

Course: Introductory Linguistics through Extended Education, English

Textbooks used in the past (by Lynne Stallings): Meyer: Introducing
English Linguistics; Denham & Lobeck: Language in the Schools.


Institution: University of Southern Maine

Course: LIN 185J Language, Mind and Society, online

Course Description: This course approaches language as a biological
and psychological phenomenon central to an adequate understanding
of human nature. It deals with linguistic questions concerning the
grammars of natural languages and how these may vary across
cultures and across time, but also with questions about how the human
mind and brain both provide for and constrain linguistic ability. The
course also addresses questions about how language develops in the
child, how it deteriorates under the influence of disease and injury, how
it evolved in the history of the species, and what functions it serves in
human life. The course does not assume any background in linguistics
or foreign languages. Course examinations will be proctored on the
USM Portland campus or at one of the University College sites or

Content (from Wayne Cowart): We cover all the usual areas for an
introductory linguistics course, but at a very basic level. We introduce
foundational concepts with an emphasis on conveying the distinctive
aspects of a scientific approach to language and also try to display
some of the more general results of work done in that mode. The
course addresses all the major sub-areas (syntax, phonology,
morphology, semantics, etc.) as well as language acquisition,
processing, neurolinguistics, and the evolution of language. But we do
not attempt to 'cover' these topics in the manner of some introductory
textbooks. Rather, we choose a small set of issues to pursue in depth
within each sub-area and use them as a tool for demonstrating the
essential features of the linguistic system. We aim for an appreciation
of the notable features of language in each sub-area, and try to
disabuse students of common misconceptions. For example, in the
syntax unit of LIN 185, we focus on a first look at Binding Theory. We
do not expect that students will remember the details, but rather use
the material to show how a scientific approach to language uncovers
the properties of language, and reveals the extraordinary subtlety and
complexity of ordinary human linguistic competence.

Offered: spring, and possibly fall; not offered Summer 2010

Link: http://usm.maine.edu/online/

Other Resources:
-MIT open courseware:

http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Linguistics-and-Philosophy/index.htm (see
24.900, Introduction to Linguistics)

Course materials available, but this is not a for-credit course.
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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