Linguistics course resources
- The study of linguistics takes us to the crossroads of
language and culture where where language shapes our understanding of the world and connects
- There is a a treasure trove of resources that unravel the
scientific study of language's structure, usage, and societal significance.
- Linguistics help us decode the intricate web of sounds,
grammar, and context, shedding light on communication's intricate role in society.
- Linguistics will take us on a journey through phonetics, syntax, semantics, and more, while
also helping us explore practical applications like language teaching and translation in the digital
"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 as 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 it is used,
acquired, and processed by humans. Linguists examine the components of language, such as
sounds, grammar, and vocabulary, and investigate how they 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:
- Phonetics and phonology: the study of the sounds of language, how they are produced,
and how they are used in different languages.
- Morphology: the study of the structure of words and how they are formed from smaller units
- Syntax: the study of the structure of sentences and how words are combined to form
grammatically correct sentences.
- Semantics: the study of meaning in language, including how words and sentences convey
meaning and how context affects meaning.
- Pragmatics: the study of how language is used in social contexts and how context affects the
interpretation of language.
- Historical linguistics: the study of how languages change over time and how they are related
to each other.
- Sociolinguistics: the study of how language is used in different social contexts and how it
reflects and reinforces social norms and identities.
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
-- Howard Culbertson,
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