How Language Works

In this course, we will pull apart our extraordinary human faculty for language. From the sounds of language to their combination into words, and from words into sentences, and sentences into paragraphs, what do we do when we utilise our extraordinary linguistic skills? Learn about language structure and the rules that we unconsciously apply every time we open our mouths to communicate with our fellow human beings.


  • Phonology – the sounds of human language
  • Morphology – word structure
  • Syntax – sentence structure
  • Semantics – word and sentence meaning
  • Pragmatics – language in use

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Show knowledge of the human vocal tract.
  2. Understand the functional work of derivational and inflectional morphology.
  3. Understand the meaning of word order and some of the constraints on phrase structure in the English language.
  4. Account for the various strains of semantic knowledge.
  5. Show knowledge of the contextual use of language.

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