Introduction to Linguistics – LING 301

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Introductory, descriptive study of language, including syntactic, morphological, phonological, semantic, and pragmatic analysis of language. Students will choose one other area of the discipline of study, such as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, or language acquisition.




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 Module/Week 1.

8 Discussion Board Forums

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be minimum 50 to maximum 100 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 minimum 20 to maximum 40 words.

8 Quizzes

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 to 15 multiple-choice, true/false, and/or short answer questions, and have a 15 minute time limit.

5 Homework Assignments

Five sets of homework problems will be assigned throughout this course.

3 Exams

There will be two midterm exams and one comprehensive final exam in this course.