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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 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 Saleh M

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

By Елена Д С

Oct 7, 2022

That was an exciting travel into Linguistics!!!

By Epshita J

Oct 12, 2016

This is my first course and it was exceptional.

By Clark O

Jan 16, 2023

Excellent course. Challenging and informative.

By Thembi F

Sep 14, 2021

Fascinating topic with well-curated materials.

By louis j

May 18, 2020

Loved it! I´ll miss the prof and his students.

By Sara C

Mar 13, 2019

Very good and complete. I wish there was more!

By Rajendra T

Aug 20, 2017

Perfect course to get overview of linguistics.

By Xuesi Y

Feb 16, 2020

excellent course which i learn a lot from it

By Helle L

Feb 12, 2021

Excellent course with high-quality content.

By Deleted A

Nov 13, 2017

I love linguistics and I love this course!!

By Ivan T

Feb 19, 2017

Outstanding course... absolutely fantastic!

By Amr A W

Apr 28, 2017

Excellent course. Greetings from Egypt. :)

By Marina A

Jun 7, 2017

It's gripping and useful. I recommend it.

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.