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Everywhere, every day, everybody uses language. There is no human society, no matter how small or how isolated, which does not employ a language that is rich and diverse. This course introduces you to linguistics, featuring interviews with well-known linguists and with speakers of many different languages. Join us to explore the miracles of human language! The Miracles of Human Language introduces you to the many-faceted study of languages, which has amazed humans since the beginning of history. Together with speakers of many other languages around the world, as well as with famous linguists such as Noam Chomsky and Adele Goldberg, you will learn to understand and analyse how your native tongue is at the same time similar and different from many other languages. You will learn the basic concepts of linguistics, get to know some of the key features of big and small languages and get insight into what linguists do. This course gives an introduction into the study of languages, the field of linguistics. With the support of the basic linguistic terminology that is offered in the course, you will soon be able to comment both on variety between languages, as well as on a single language’s internal structure. Anyone who wishes to understand how languages work, and how they can give us insight into the human mind is very welcome to join. The course is useful if you want to get a fairly quick introduction into linguistics, for instance because you are considering studying it further, or because you are interested in a neighbouring discipline such as psychology, computer science or anthropology. Furthermore, the course will help you develop analytical skills. If you are curious to understand how language works and how it gives insight into the human mind, this course is definitely for you!...
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4 horas para concluir

Introduction to Linguistics

In this first week, we will try to determine what makes language human: why do (almost) all human beings have a language, and what makes human language different from animal communication systems? We will furthermore discuss the many different places where linguists work, and the many different methodologies that they use for conducting their research. You will moreover get to know all the other participants in this MOOC: my students Inge and Marten, as well as the speakers of six different languages. Finally, don't forget to watch our first expert interview: Marten and Inge have talked with Dr. Victoria Nyst of Leiden University, who has enlightened us in the fascinating world of sign languages! For the assignments with the support of Ethnologue, please make sure to study the instructions listed in 'required and optional readings' of this module....
Reading
14 vídeos (Total de 74 min), 7 leituras, 1 teste
Video14 videos
Human Language and Animal Communication Systems6min
Human Language Versus Other 'Languages'9min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: Language Diversity9min
Language Diversity and Ethnologue8min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: What do Linguists do?13min
Interview with Dr. Victoria Nyst10min
Introduction language informants + introducing Han Hu, Speaker of Mandarin Chinese4min
Introducing Roberta D'Alessandro, speaker of Abruzzesemin
Introducing Khalid Mourigh, speaker of Tarifit Berbermin
Introducing Varun DeCastro-Arrazola, speaker of Basque1min
Introducing Beste Sevindik, speaker of Turkish1min
Introducing Enoch Aboh, speaker of Gungbe1min
Conclusion; language and dialect2min
Reading7 leituras
Meet the instructor & his team5min
Welcome to Leiden University5min
Study tips for studying online5min
Being succesful in an international virtual learning community5min
Behaving in an academic way5min
Registration Ethnologue10min
Required and optional readings30min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your knowledge 124min

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2 horas para concluir

The study of sound: Phonology and Phonetics

In this module we will delve into what appear to be the smallest building blocks of spoken language: 'sounds'. As we will see however, all is not what it seems, as we will in fact encounter an even smaller building block of language, a true atom. Another interesting thing about this module is that as of this week our 6 informants will all only speak their own language. Naturally, there is also an interview with my very special friend Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt, whom I have announced before....
Reading
13 vídeos (Total de 62 min), 1 leitura, 1 teste
Video13 videos
Production of speech sounds7min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: consonants of world languages8min
Sounds in systems7min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: sounds and language change11min
Interview with Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt7min
Introduction + Tarifit Berber4min
Gungbe1min
Turkish1min
Abruzzese1min
Mandarin Chinese1min
Basque1min
Conclusion; sounds and gestures1min
Reading1 leituras
Required and optional readings30min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your knowledge 224min

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5 horas para concluir

The study of words and sentences: Morphology and Syntax

In this module we will discuss words and sentences. All languages have them; but as I will illustrate, they can be organized in very different ways in different languages. I will furthermore demonstrate what cupcakes have in common with words in a sentence. This module's interview is with one of the most cited and re-knowned linguists alive, Prof. Noam Chomsky! Finally, our 6 language informants will provide us with information about the word order in their languages....
Reading
14 vídeos (Total de 86 min), 1 leitura, 2 testes
Video14 videos
Morphology9min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: world of words11min
Syntax and word order (a)8min
Syntax and word order (b)5min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: world of word order8min
Interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky28min
Introduction + Basque3min
Tarifit Berber2min
Gungbe1min
Turkishmin
Abruzzese1min
Mandarin Chinesemin
Conclusion; structure beyond sentences1min
Reading1 leituras
Required and optional readingsmin
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your knowledge 324min

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3 horas para concluir

The study of meaning: Pragmatics and Semantics

This module deals with a topic which many of you find very interesting: meaning. How do we determine what a word means? To what extent does our language influence our thinking? How can we change the world with language? As usual, we also have an additional interview with an expert of the current module's theme: in this module Barend Beekhuizen talks to Inge and Marten about his work as a Leiden PhD student in computational linguistics....
Reading
13 vídeos (Total de 66 min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
Video13 videos
Semantics7min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: color and snow10min
Pragmatics11min
Discussion with Marten and Inge: changing the world with sentences9min
Interview with Barend Beekhuizen MA11min
Introduction + Abruzzese1min
Tarifit Berber1min
Turkish1min
Basquemin
Mandarin Chinese2min
Gungbe1min
Conclusion; untranslatable words?1min
Reading2 leituras
Required and optional readingsmin
Quiz readings10min
Quiz1 exercício prático
Test your knowledge 424min
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por DCSep 24th 2017

Extremely informational, well presented, with questions that stimulate reflection. The optional reading material is food for thought. I hope to see more courses from the same professor and University.

por DPJan 3rd 2017

Excellent! Really enjoyed and learnt a lot. I did not expect such a great content and professionalism in a free course. I am definitely purchasing for the title.\n\nThanks to all the team! Great job!

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