Introduction to Linguistics – LING 301

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/09/2022

Course Description

Introductory descriptive study of language, including syntactic, morphological, phonological, semantic, and pragmatic analysis of language.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course introduces the theoretical study of language, with emphasis on the development of an analytical and critical attitude toward language as an important but often subconscious cognitive ability. The course presents the terminologies and techniques needed for the analysis and description of linguistic structures.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Recognize and explain the complexity and underlying systematicity of language.
    2. Analyze basic linguistic data.
    3. Apply this knowledge to better understand a relevant body of language.
    4. Relate linguistic knowledge and analysis to "real life" issues.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be minimum 100 to maximum 150 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D) 

Homework Assignments (7)

Seven sets of homework problems will be assigned throughout this course. Each homework assignment has specific instructions and expectations. Some are longer than others. The student should thus plan according to each week. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 to 15 multiple-choice, true/false, matching, multiple answer, and/or fill-in-the-blank questions, and will have a specified time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D) 

Quiz: Exams (2)

The student will have a Midterm Concept Review and a Final Concept Review in the form of Quiz: Exams. The student will have 3 hours to answer 30 questions for the midterm and 2 hours to answer 20 questions for the final. (MLO: A, B, C, D)