LNG3000 Intro to Language Structure

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Min Ma

Course Description:

Language is a unique gift from God to create meaning and conduct communication. This course introduces key concepts and principles in the study of the nature and structure of language. The first part introduces phonetics (the articulation of sounds), phonology (the structure of sounds), morphology (the structure of words), and syntax (the structure of sentences). The second part examines semantics (the structure of meaning) and pragmatics (the structure of communication). Students will design a poster to map a concept or a principle of their choice. They will then present the topic to the class. They will also find a new language unknown to themselves to analyze its basic elements at the sound, word and sentence levels. The focus will be on the understanding on the highly structured, creative and relational nature of language.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is an introduction course on the nature of language as a gift from God to create meaning and conduct communication. The purpose is to equip students with the basic skills to effectively learn C2/L2 for meaningful engagement and teach English as a language of empowerment. The adoption of a learner attitude is crucial in both courses to foster an open, humble and flexible attitude absolutely necessary not just for learning and teaching but for relating and witnessing.

Why This Course Is Important:

The field of linguistics is important because it is a subject that looks straight into the nature of human beings as created by God in His image with hugely creative powers. A good understanding of the nature and structure of language will not only help students better understand God and themselves but also equip them with a love for languages, passion for nations, an intercultural perspective and the global skills to engage with target groups as active participants. Potential impact for our students and for the community is huge and powerful wherever they go. The change we face in the world is dynamic, which requires both awareness and flexibility in thinking, methodology and practice. An open, learning perspective and humble attitude are necessary for effective engagement with culture and language groups. The learning of a target language and teaching of English language give our student immediate opportunities to encounter, experience, engage and explore the target people groups as servants. Being able to equip local ministers and global missionaries with training and knowledge to effectively reach and bless these target people groups is a highly critical need for us today.