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Spring 2012-2013
* LIN 360 (EC)   No Audit

Linguistic Universals and Language Diversity

Leonard H. Babby

The study of human language from the perspective of linguistic universals. This course will demonstrate that, contrary to initial impressions, languages of the world do not differ arbitrarily and without limit. All human languages share a common core (universals). We must explain why there are linguistic universals and how languages can differ (diversity).

Sample reading list:
Jackendoff, Ray, Patterns in the Mind (Language and Human Nature)
Baker, Mark, The Atoms of Language: The Mind's Hidden Rules of Grammar
Freidin, Robert, Syntax. Basic Concepts and Applications

Reading/Writing assignments:
60 pp. reading a week

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41917 C01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   Aaron Burr Hall   209   Enrolled:21 Limit:25