LINA01 Sept. 13
There are over 100 languages spoken in the GTA from over 15 different
911 in Toronto is equipped to answer in 150 languages
Why study language?
Language is uniquely human.
It provides window to investigate what it means to be human.
It allows us to understand/accept other languages/cultures.
What is linguistics?
Scientific study of human languages and language use.
What does that mean?
o What humans need to know in order to use language.
o It shows us how language is structured.
o It shows us how language is acquired.
Linguistics is the verification of truth.
Because it is a science. Science is about verifying the truth.
Possible to verify the truth of facts, not of judgement, which expresses an
Phonology: speech sounds and combinations Building blocks
Syntax: word combinations (sentences)
Learn fundamentals of scientific analysis.
Learn to recognize surface differences/similarities
This is NOT
A language instruction course.
An ESL course LINA01 Sept. 13
Animals communicate, right?
Some animals have very complex communications systems
o Bees communicate by dance
Animals using human language:
o Parrots do not learn language passively, they need huma