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Introducing to Language: Course Outline ENG-504

The method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way moreover system of communication used by a particular country or community called language.

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Course Contents

UNIT 1:

Nature and origin of Language

Some background concepts

Introduction to Language Studies

Diachronic and synchronic concepts

UNIT 2:

Sound and sound patterns

Some background concepts

Representation of speech sounds

Phonology

Internal structure of speech sounds

UNIT 3: 

Word and word format

Content words and function words

Morpheme: the minimal unit of meaning

Inflectional Morpheme

Derivational Morpheme

UNIT 4 : 

Syntax

Grammar: phrases and sentences

Syntax and Generative grammar

IC analysis

PS grammar

UNIT 5: 

Sentences and pragmatics

Background concepts

Semantics: the study of meaning

Semantic theories

UNIT 6: 

Language and the brain

Structure of brain

UNIT 7: 

Language acquisition

First Language acquisition

Stages and theories of Language acquisition

Learning and acquisition

Effect on Language  learning and teaching

UNIT 8: 

Language, culture and society

Background concepts

Language and culture relationship

Language culture and society

Influence of language on culture

 

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