Directories and Search

Course Search

Courses may be offered in one of the following modalities:

  • Traditional in-person courses (0–29 percent of coursework is delivered online, the majority being offered in person.)
  • Hybrid/blended courses (30–79 percent of coursework is delivered online.)
  • Online courses (100 percent of coursework is delivered online, either synchronously on a designated day and time or asynchronously as a deadline-driven course.)
  • Hyflex (Students will be assigned to attend in-person or live streamed sessions as a reduced-size cohort on a rotating basis; live sessions are also recorded, offering students the option to participate synchronously or view asynchronously as needed.)

If you are enrolled in courses delivered in traditional or hybrid modalities, you will be expected to attend face-to-face instruction as scheduled.

Descriptive And Historic Linguistics (LIN-103)

Semester: Spring 2021
Number: 0142-103-001
Instructor: Mieko Sperbeck
Days: Friday 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Note: Online, Synchronous
Location: Online
Credits: 3
Course Materials: View Text Books
Related Syllabi: Mieko Sperbeck for Fall 2010*
Mieko Sperbeck for Fall 2011*
Mieko Sperbeck for Fall 2014*
Mieko Sperbeck for Fall 2015*
Laura Koenig for Fall 2017*
Laura Koenig for Fall 2018*
Mieko Sperbeck for Fall 2022*

*Attention Students: Please note that the syllabi available for your view on these pages are for example only. The instructors and requirements for each course are subject to change each semester. If you enroll in a particular course, your instructor and course outline may differ from what is presented here.


An introduction to the scientific study of human language. Topics covered include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, language acquisition, and historical linguistics. Analyses will be conducted using English, as well as a variety of world languages. Students will learn the universal qualities of languages as well as their diversity. (Learning Goals:G)

Learning Goals:   1. To study the nature of language and linguistic systems2. To study the types of linguistic systems used throughout the world3. To study the basic objects and techniques of linguistic analysis.4. To study and use some of the techniques of #3 in order to analyze data from anumber of natural languages.5. To study a subset of subjects related to core linguistic analysis: Historicallinguistics and language change; Social and regional dialectology; Bilingualism.

*The learning goals displayed here are those for one section of this course as offered in a recent semester, and are provided for the purpose of information only. The exact learning goals for each course section in a specific semester will be stated on the syllabus distributed at the start of the semester, and may differ in wording and emphasis from those shown here.

» View Other Sections of this Course

« Back to Search Results

Apply Now
Request Information