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LIN 101/170: Introduction to Linguistics/Language and Society  

Explores components of language - sounds, formation, structure & meaning. Uses theoretical knowledge to analyze structure of other languages. Who's in charge of Language? Can you change or be changed Language? Are bilinguals smarter? Can languages die?
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Language Circle

Fun snapshot of numbers of speaker of dominant languages.

Recommended Databases

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  • MLA International Bibliography
    The Modern Language Association's index of articles, book chapters and essays in literature, languages, and folklore. Covers 1963 to the present.
  • Social Sciences Full Text
    Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, and related fields. Includes both Abstracts and Full Text Articles. Covers 1983 to the present.
    Contains more than 100,000 searchable full text articles from journals published by the American Psychological Association. Covers 1894 to the present.
  • Education Full Text
    Indexes more than 400 domestic and international English-language periodicals and yearbooks. Subjects include administration, teaching methods and curriculum, literacy, and government funding. Covers 1984 to the present.
  • Worldcat
    The accumulation of most academic and public library catalogs. Good place to expand your book research. You may need to use Interlibrary Loan or E-Z Borrow to obtain materials.

Steven Pinker - Psychologist, Cognitive Scientist, and Linguist at Harvard University

How did humans acquire language? In this lecture, author Steven Pinker introduces you to linguistics, the evolution of spoken language, and the debate over the existence of an innate universal grammar. He also explores why language is such a fundamental part of social relationships, human biology, and human evolution. Pinker touches on the wide variety of applications for linguistics, from improving how we teach reading and writing to how we interpret law, politics, and literature.


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