This course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of language. Starting with general definitions and properties of language, we will then look at basic issues in the field of linguistics.
The primary concern will be with the different levels of linguistics, i.e. phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Matters to be discussed include some of the major areas of linguistics, e.g. sociolinguistics, varieties of English, language change and language acquisition. Students are expected to participate regularly and actively in the course. These are two prerequisites for taking the final exam. The exam is scheduled for 10/02/2009 and the resit for 11/03/2009. The Reader (Reader 6 = Introduction to Linguistics) is available at Reckhammerweg 4.