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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 José A C R

Mar 20, 2017

A very good introduction to linguisticis.

By Angus Z

Mar 6, 2021

Awesome primer with complete flexibility

By delia c

Aug 7, 2019

Its pretty good for linguistics students

By Robert T

May 26, 2017

Amazing and sometimes challenging class.

By Shuman L

Sep 17, 2016

nice course! Interesting and informative

By maria t

Mar 13, 2021

Excellent course

I enjoyed it absolutely

By Claudia M

Aug 4, 2020

Very informative and lively. Thank you!

By Silvana M U C

Feb 2, 2020

Muy buen curso ¡Totalmente recomendado!

By Johanna A

Aug 7, 2017

This is an absolutely awesome course.

By Prabakar K

Jun 30, 2017

It is a wonderful course. I loved it.


Jul 13, 2020

Very informative and organized well.

By Linda B

Aug 1, 2017

Very Interesting Course. I loved it.

By Rocío D B O

Jul 23, 2017

Nice refresher and expanding course.

By James A

Nov 10, 2016

A really fun survey of linguistics!

By Rafael P R

Apr 18, 2020

Great introduction to the subject.

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By Emese K

Sep 11, 2017

just love the way this course is.

By 木觉珏

May 12, 2016

very interesting and enlightening

By Alsa A

Mar 27, 2018

Very informative and insightful.

By Nguyen L

Mar 28, 2021


By Zainab K

Oct 19, 2020

Fantastic! Technical but fun :)

By Cristina G

Feb 12, 2021

I really liked all the topics.

By Anna K

Jan 2, 2019

Very complecated but exciting!

By Ma. C Q

May 20, 2021

Wonderful teacher and staff!!