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About the Course

Everywhere, every day, everybody uses language. There is no human society, no matter how small or how isolated, which does not employ a language that is rich and diverse. This course introduces you to linguistics, featuring interviews with well-known linguists and with speakers of many different languages. Join us to explore the miracles of human language! The Miracles of Human Language introduces you to the many-faceted study of languages, which has amazed humans since the beginning of history. Together with speakers of many other languages around the world, as well as with famous linguists such as Noam Chomsky and Adele Goldberg, you will learn to understand and analyse how your native tongue is at the same time similar and different from many other languages. You will learn the basic concepts of linguistics, get to know some of the key features of big and small languages and get insight into what linguists do. This course gives an introduction into the study of languages, the field of linguistics. With the support of the basic linguistic terminology that is offered in the course, you will soon be able to comment both on variety between languages, as well as on a single language’s internal structure. Anyone who wishes to understand how languages work, and how they can give us insight into the human mind is very welcome to join. The course is useful if you want to get a fairly quick introduction into linguistics, for instance because you are considering studying it further, or because you are interested in a neighbouring discipline such as psychology, computer science or anthropology. Furthermore, the course will help you develop analytical skills. If you are curious to understand how language works and how it gives insight into the human mind, this course is definitely for you!...

Top reviews

Sep 23, 2017

Extremely informational, well presented, with questions that stimulate reflection. The optional reading material is food for thought. I hope to see more courses from the same professor and University.

Mar 10, 2021

The course was well-organised and very interesting. It covered the different aspects of linguistics wonderfully and prompted me to delve further into specific fields of linguistics such as phonetics.

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By Cezar N

Aug 22, 2016

Just perfect, even for post-graduate students in Linguistics!

By Manuel L

Aug 20, 2018

Excellent introduction on the several fields of linguistics.

By Daniela P A

Jan 18, 2017

Very informative and very fun, you can learn a lot from it.

By Wender J T S

Dec 28, 2016

If you're a linguistic passionated, this course is for you!

By Alexey D

Aug 9, 2017

Amazing teachers and very interesting course, many thanks!

By Ümit D

Oct 8, 2020

Thanks to everyone who made this beautiful course happen.


Jul 15, 2019

It is fun and very interesting, i learned a lot of things


Apr 3, 2018

This course is interesting and well-organized. Thank you!

By Natalie R

Jan 25, 2017

I love how clear everything is presented. Just beautiful.

By Ebru D

Nov 23, 2019

It was a great course. Many thanks for this opportunity.

By Daniel B

May 28, 2020

A fascinating, well-structured and professional course!

By Yulia S

Sep 16, 2019

Very interesting, well structured and orginized course.

By Ron R

Jul 10, 2020

Much more substantive and challenging than I expected.

By Agholor C C

Oct 9, 2019

This course indeed has helped to repackage my profile.

By Natalie T

Mar 28, 2018

Great instructor. Variety of subtopics of linguistics.

By Xiao C

Oct 18, 2020

Loved this course. Really enjoyed all the interviews.

By randa d

Jan 1, 2020

a really interesting course i recommend it to anyone

By Wallace N O

Sep 5, 2018

One of the best courses I've ever taken. Thank you!

By Sílvia

Jun 17, 2018

As beautiful as demanding, but definitely worth it!

By Ganna M

Jun 5, 2020

I like it so much, it was exactly what I expected!

By صالح م

Nov 3, 2016

it would be better if it had better exam questions

By Marc V

May 21, 2016

Indeed a great choice to improving our knowledge !

By Paolo I

Sep 18, 2020

Very nice course. Well structured and developed.

By Zoran Z

Jul 1, 2020

This is a very good introduction to linguistics.

By Maddy C

Feb 20, 2019

Excellent intro to the field!! Thank you so much