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as of 7/2/2022

FROM LANGUAGE TO LINGUISTICS
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Netherlands - Utrecht University - 'Utrecht Univ.'
UC Course SubjectLinguistics
Number & Suffix: 101
Full UC Title: FROM LANGUAGE TO LINGUISTICS 
Transcript Title: LANG TO LING 
UC QTR Units - Division: 6.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: The goal of the course is to acquaint the participants with the central notions and principles of linguistics–a scientific study of human language that probes into the nature of language itself and seeks to answer the fundamental questions as to what language is and how it works. Students learn to use the formal tools of morphological and syntactic analyses and connect these to the position of language as a cognitive module. Under the view adopted, linguistics is a branch of cognitive psychology since it studies our competence (knowledge of natural language) which is, in turn, an aspect of our mind. The participants are acquainted with the leading ideas, central notions and fundamental principles of theoretical linguistics, concerned with the constructing of models of linguistic knowledge. The course particularly focuses on morphology and syntax as two sub-fields of theoretical linguistics. The course deals with the “nature-nurture” debate, searches for explanations of linguistic universals, but it also discusses the boundaries of natural language. It discusses how Universal Grammar operates and how natural language relates to other cognitive processes. A central role in the course is given to getting ourselves familiarized with the core structural principles of natural language. As the title of the course indicates, the starting point is the wonderment about the data from the participants’ native language(s), but the goal is to analyze these data and compare them, in a systematic fashion, with data from other languages, both closely and distantly related to it. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: FROM LANGUAGE TO LINGUISTICS 
Partner University Department: Languages, Literature and Communication 
Partner University Course Number: TW1V13001