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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 Diana S

Feb 27, 2017

Exceeded all my expectations! This is a wonderful MOOC for anyone interested in Linguistics.

By Xinyao Z

Apr 22, 2019

it's really helpful even for those who already have some basic knowledge of Linguistics! :D

By Dorian G

Aug 27, 2016

I shall say it's a perfect introduction course for one who's interested in linguistic : )))

By Jianqing J

Jun 25, 2021

The course is great. I just wish there were more analysis concerning answer towords tests.

By Annie B

Dec 7, 2020

This is an excellent online course covering a fascinating subject. I enjoyed every module.

By Lucas B

Nov 3, 2020

A great introductory course. Well presented, good pace and a degree of challenge. Do it!

By Kaia L

Jun 5, 2018

This was a fantastic intro to linguistics. The interviews particularly were exceptional.

By Ana B

Sep 3, 2016

This is an excellent course! Too bad it doesn't provide the Statement of Accomplishment.

By Paula B V

Nov 13, 2020

Very complete course. It challenges you by making you do some basic research yourself.

By Miho C

Nov 12, 2019

Professor is enthusiastic about the subject! I very much enjoy learning in this course.


Aug 9, 2017


By hamza b

May 5, 2017

Excellent course. It gives a general introduction to different branches of linguistics.

By Ekaterina A

Sep 21, 2017

I have enjoyed a lot this course! Love the material, readings and language informants!

By Jenny T

Oct 26, 2020

Very good introductory course! Worth taking even if you are not studying linguistics!

By Becky E

Jun 2, 2020

This is an excellent course for someone interested in an introduction to linguistics!

By Donè P

Oct 3, 2019

I absolutely loved this course. I learned so much from the lecturer and the students.

By Lyvia M

Apr 7, 2022

One of the best experiences of my life, the course turned me into a linguistics fan.

By tania p

Oct 17, 2020

I have learnt a lot but it was very difficult for a beginner in linguistics like me.

By Daniel W

Aug 30, 2020

Very great job!! I love this course!! It enlighten my future study about linguistic!

By Felipe V R

Jun 17, 2016

Very special course ! with a good dinamic(class), makes us open our minds! congrats!

By Fátima Z R

Oct 12, 2016

Curso muy completo y sobre todo AMENO en el que aprenderás sin darte apenas cuenta.

By Jiayang T

Feb 1, 2018

The syllabus for courses are clear so it's really easy to understand and remember.

By Siuzanna I

Jul 4, 2022

Very interesting, accessible and useful course for teachers! Thank you so much!

By 张弛

Apr 15, 2021


By Elif Y

Dec 29, 2021

It was such an amazing course! I learned so much in these modules. Thank you:)