Linguistics course resources

"Words use us as much as we use words." -- Laurence J. Peter

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Linguistics was team-taught at Southern Nazarene University by Howard Culbertson, world missions professor, and Carolyn Waterman from the English department. It could be taken for credit as an English course or a missions course given that communication is a branch of Cultural Anthropology.

Linguistics was offered at SNU about every two years and could be taken either as a missions course or as an English course.

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its structure, including how humans acquire, use and process it. Linguists examine the components of language, such as sounds, grammar, and vocabulary, and investigate how those aspects are used in communication. They also study the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which languages are spoken, and how language is related to other aspects of human cognition and behavior.

Linguistics is an interdisciplinary field that draws on insights from psychology, anthropology, computer science, philosophy, and other disciplines. It has many practical applications, including language teaching, speech therapy, machine translation, and natural language processing.

There are several subfields of linguistics, including:


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Writing Standards

Most courses at SNU contain a writing component.

I expect students to produce written work that is focused, well-developed, organized, and relatively free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors.

Papers falling short of this standard will not be graded. That work will be returned to the students for further revision and resubmission.

See my writing checklist.

    -- Howard Culbertson,

The "nutshell" definition

Linguistics is the scientific study of language and its structure, including its sounds, syntax, semantics, and societal functions. It delves into the fundamental aspects of human communication, exploring how languages are formed, how they evolve over time, and how they are used in various contexts. Linguists analyze the intricacies of grammar, phonetics, and morphology to understand the rules and patterns that govern language. Moreover, linguistics extends beyond the individual components of language to examine broader phenomena such as language acquisition, language variation, and language change. By uncovering the underlying principles of human language, linguistics provides valuable insights into the nature of human cognition and the diversity of cultures worldwide.

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