Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Introduction to Linguistics 1


Description

Location: Preston Hall 200
Week 1: Tuesday, June 17-Friday, June 20
Period 1: 8:30-10:00 am

How can the study of Linguistics help me learn more about my own language? Linguistics offers a framework of concepts and analytical tools to help understand the way different languages are organized. Within every component of a language - ranging from what sounds are used to how words, phrases, and sentences are built up into conversations or stories or speeches - there are patterns. What Linguistics aims to do is discover just what those patterns are. What makes every language so unique and so special is how those patterns are structured and how they work together to become a vehicle for the particular world view of the cultural identity of the people who speak that language. It’s also the case that all human languages share certain components of structure. So, in a context, for example, where an indigenous community wants to educate their children to be bilingual in both their local language and the “majority” language, it’s really helpful to know - even though the two languages may ‘sound’ really different -what aspects are in fact essentially similar. At the same time, it’s also really important to learn about where they are fundamentally different, as this can contribute to understanding what aspects of language learning are more challenging, and why. This course will provide a foundation in the essential concepts of linguistic structure: what do terms like phoneme, phonology, morpheme, morphology, noun, verb, pronoun, subordinate clause, imperative, evidential, etc., mean? How can you learn to identify them in your language? This course will also address other questions like: What does it mean for different languages to be related to each other? How do dialects differ? What kinds of changes in a language can occur over time? Class participants will have the opportunity to work with these issues by analyzing “data” from a diversity of endangered languages around the world. Participants are particularly encouraged to bring resources and questions from their own language contexts.

Files
Phonetics - Gordon, M
Phonology - Gordon, M
Morphology - Mithun
Introduction to the Kwak'wala Language, Chapter 2
CoLang 2014: Intro to Linguistics PowerPoint



Instructors

Patricia Shaw - Click here to view her biography.