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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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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 个视频(共 74 分钟), 7 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video14 个视频
Human Language and Animal Communication Systems6分钟
Human Language Versus Other 'Languages'9分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: Language Diversity9分钟
Language Diversity and Ethnologue8分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: What do Linguists do?13分钟
Interview with Dr. Victoria Nyst10分钟
Introduction language informants + introducing Han Hu, Speaker of Mandarin Chinese4分钟
Introducing Roberta D'Alessandro, speaker of Abruzzese分钟
Introducing Khalid Mourigh, speaker of Tarifit Berber分钟
Introducing Varun DeCastro-Arrazola, speaker of Basque1分钟
Introducing Beste Sevindik, speaker of Turkish1分钟
Introducing Enoch Aboh, speaker of Gungbe1分钟
Conclusion; language and dialect2分钟
Reading7 个阅读材料
Meet the instructor & his team5分钟
Welcome to Leiden University5分钟
Study tips for studying online5分钟
Being succesful in an international virtual learning community5分钟
Behaving in an academic way5分钟
Registration Ethnologue10分钟
Required and optional readings30分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Test your knowledge 124分钟

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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 个视频(共 62 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video13 个视频
Production of speech sounds7分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: consonants of world languages8分钟
Sounds in systems7分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: sounds and language change11分钟
Interview with Prof. dr. Claartje Levelt7分钟
Introduction + Tarifit Berber4分钟
Gungbe1分钟
Turkish1分钟
Abruzzese1分钟
Mandarin Chinese1分钟
Basque1分钟
Conclusion; sounds and gestures1分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Required and optional readings30分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Test your knowledge 224分钟

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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 个视频(共 86 分钟), 1 个阅读材料, 2 个测验
Video14 个视频
Morphology9分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: world of words11分钟
Syntax and word order (a)8分钟
Syntax and word order (b)5分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: world of word order8分钟
Interview with Prof. Noam Chomsky28分钟
Introduction + Basque3分钟
Tarifit Berber2分钟
Gungbe1分钟
Turkish分钟
Abruzzese1分钟
Mandarin Chinese分钟
Conclusion; structure beyond sentences1分钟
Reading1 个阅读材料
Required and optional readings分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Test your knowledge 324分钟

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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 个视频(共 66 分钟), 2 个阅读材料, 1 个测验
Video13 个视频
Semantics7分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: color and snow10分钟
Pragmatics11分钟
Discussion with Marten and Inge: changing the world with sentences9分钟
Interview with Barend Beekhuizen MA11分钟
Introduction + Abruzzese1分钟
Tarifit Berber1分钟
Turkish1分钟
Basque分钟
Mandarin Chinese2分钟
Gungbe1分钟
Conclusion; untranslatable words?1分钟
Reading2 个阅读材料
Required and optional readings分钟
Quiz readings10分钟
Quiz1 个练习
Test your knowledge 424分钟
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创建者 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.

创建者 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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