April 8, 2022
This course includes:
Badge on Completion
Certificate of completion
This course, Language in the real world, explains and illustrates why knowledge about how language works (i.e. ‘linguistics’) is helpful – some might say essential – for different aspects of our everyday lives. It provides an introduction to ideas around what language is and to the field of Applied Linguistics, which is dedicated to exploring and addressing situations where language plays a crucial role.
IntroductionThis course, Language in the real world, illustrates why knowledge about how language works (i.e. ‘linguistics’) is helpful (some might say essential) for different aspects of our everyday lives. It provides an introduction to ideas about what language is before introducing applied linguistics – a field dedicated to exploring and addressing situations where language plays a crucial role. In this course, we explore why it is important for us in our everyday lives to understand how language works. By this we mean: how language is learned, how it is used for social, political or economic purposes, how it constructs identity and reality, and how its particular use in a specific interaction may lead to the success or failure of that interaction. In this way, this exploration provides an introduction to some areas of interest in the discipline of applied linguistics. The course defines what we mean by ‘language’ by contrasting ‘language’ and ‘languages’, as well as human and (other) animal communicative behaviors. We look at the ‘design features’ of language and whether any can be recognized as unique to human languages. We then move on to the disciplines of linguistics and applied linguistics before considering different puzzles that knowledge about language can help to resolve.
Learning OutcomesAfter studying this course, you should be able to:
- Understand and describe the key features of (human) language and languages
- Understand what applied linguistics is
- Explore different contexts where the language is a central issue.
- What is Language? 02:00:00
- Applied Linguistics 01:55:00
- Using Knowledge About Language 01:50:00
About the instructor
Open University UK