LAN1388 Origins of Language

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LAN1388 Origins of Language

This course informs the student to the character, history and use of human language, speech and writing.  Subjects will embrace the biological origin of human language, comparable techniques in other creatures, linguistic history, the “family tree” of languages.  What makes languages the way they are and what makes them keep fluctuating over time?  We will investigate the suggested descriptions for language development and their associations to language modification.

You will survey a huge range of world languages and extend a comprehension of the genetic and geographical connections among them.  You can learn to value language as a target of methodical study and to employ your new knowledge to daily social exchanges in your own life and community.


Language may be investigated at numerous mechanical or operational levels.  This course focuses concentration to stages of language also to mechanisms of language and society, language and the mind, etc. and to the affiliations between these constituents and language adaptation within and across individuals.  By the end of this course, all students should:

  • Increase a vocabulary for considering historical linguistic processes
  • Connect with historical linguistic facts
  • Grasp elementary rules of linguistic assumption
  • Describe what is indicated by the term “language evolution”
  • Comprehend that language is not rigid or independent, but linked to culture, social life, political relations, and personal experience
  • Learn to revere all variations of language
  • Become mindful of his/her opinions to assortments of English and other languages

Full-CLC Students

“A CLC award signifies that the student has attained the knowledge, (through either prior education or experience), equal to or greater than the student would have learned in a traditional college course.”

“Based upon your CLC award, physical classroom attendance is not required; however, you will be required to successfully pass a final exam for each course.”

Based upon your HESEAP Application, you have received full-CLC for this course; therefore, this is a test-out course which does not include traditional education on the subject.

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 (The majority of the exam questions for this course are based upon information contained in the below search topics)

  • How Did Language Begin? Narrated by Arika Okrent
  • Linguistics as a Window to Understanding the Brain. By Steven Pinker.
  • How languages Evolve. By Alex Gendler
  • The Origins of English? By Claire Bowern
  • (2017) Origin of Language. Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia.
  • (2017) Esperanto: Wikipedia the Free Encyclopedia.
  • (2015) The Origins of Human Language: One of the Hardest Problems in Science. Alicia McDermott. Ancient Origins Reconstructing the History of Humanity’s Past
  • (2010) How Many Languages Are There in the World? Stephen R. Anderson. Linguistic Society of America.