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Introduction to English Linguistics


  • Professor: Kent Lee
  • Spring 2020
  • Time: Tue/Thu 9-10.15am
  • Room: ? 서관 (Liberal Arts Building)
  • Office hours: by appointment
  • Syllabus (강의 계획)

1 Overview

1.1 Course description

This is an introductory course to linguistics, which provides a general overview of the field. Students will learn basics concepts of human language and linguistics, and will explore how the English language is structured and used. This course aims to prepare students for university linguistic courses, improving their language learning skills (e.g., English as a second language), and developing an interest it English linguistics.

1.2 Course objectives

By the end of the semester, students will

  1. Understand basic linguistic terminology;
  2. Understand basic concepts of how human language works;
  3. Understand basic structural aspects of English;
  4. Gain study skills needed for the study of English and other languages.

1.3 Textbook and materials

This might be used as the textbook.

  • Language Files. (The book is rather expensive, and the latest edition may be hard to get in Korea; I will make an electronic version available via Blackboard, so you do not need to buy this book.)

1.4 Announcements



2 Weekly topics and assignments


2.1 Weeks 1-7

2.1.1 Weeks 1-2

Introduction (Weeks 1-2): Basic concepts
Key concepts
  1. What is language? How does human language differ from (a) computer languages, and (b) animal communication?
  2. What is a language?
  3. What is linguistics? What is it useful for?
  4. Overview of key issues, origins of the field
  5. Common language misconceptions
  6. What is a theory?
  • Prescriptive versus descriptive grammar
  • Language and languages
  • Rules
  • Grammar
Lecture materials
  • Google Form #1: This is a form to collect basic info and contact info, and to ask you some survey questions.

Introduction (Weeks 1-2): Basic concepts
Key concepts

2.1.2 Week 3

2.1.3 Week 4

2.1.4 Week 5

2.1.5 Week 6

2.1.6 Week 7

2.2 Midterm

2.2.1 Week 8

2.2.2 Week 9

2.2.3 Week 10

2.2.4 Week 11

2.2.5 Week 12

2.2.6 Week 13

2.2.7 Week 14

2.2.8 Week 15

2.3 Final exam / paper

2.4 References

3 Other links & resources

Additional recommended books
  • Crystal, D. (2002). The English language (2nd ed.). London: Penguin.
  • Language Files, 12th ed., Ohio State Univ. Press.