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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.

Nov 29, 2021

I've taken a number of online courses on linguistics now, and this one was by and far the best. The material covered is indepth and engaging, and the professor's enthusiam makes the videos a delight.

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By Carolina A F

Apr 30, 2020

Curso excelente para quem quer ingressar no universo da linguística.

By R.

Oct 29, 2020

A very interesting course, each class was informative and engaging!

By Роман Т

Jun 1, 2020

Amazing course! Thank you for your passion and love for your field!

By Ali A

May 23, 2016

Such a great professor with a wonderful team.

Thank You So Much ^_^

By Charles M

Oct 24, 2019

Very interesting course. An excellent introduction to linguistics.

By Susie

Jan 17, 2017

Excellent course. Was very thorough, entertaining and interesting.

By Daniela V

Mar 17, 2021

Thank you for making this course available free of charge to all.

By Claire L

Sep 5, 2020

Very good for beginners though quizes are a little bit difficult.

By Yan L

Feb 13, 2019

Interesting and engaging. Like the professor a lot, so engaging.

By Jinn L

Sep 26, 2019

Well organised, insightful and digestible introductory course.

By Stephanie J P

Mar 1, 2017

Amazing course! By far the best online course I've ever taken.

By akodjetin c e

Jan 4, 2017

Amazing course, Congratulations Dr, Inge , Marten and others!

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.