ARTS0001 Introduction to the Humanities (Linguistics and Me)

Course ARTS0001
Introduction to the Humanities
Topic: Linguistics and Me
(人文學科導賞 – 語言學遊踪)









Class Date 16, 17, 18, 19, 22 and 23 July 2019
(24 and 25 July 2019 are reserved for make-up class in case there is any cancellation of classes due to bad weather or other unexpected factors.)
Class Time 9:00am – 11:30am
Class Location WMY 306 | CUHK Map
(Wu Ho Man Yuen Building – WMY)
Teacher Dr. Daniel FUNG
Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Medium of Instruction English
Course Description This course introduces students to linguistics as the scientific study of language. Drawing upon examples relevant to their daily lives, students will be invited to explore various aspects of language, including its sound system, its structure, its acquisition, as well as its use and variation in the society. Topics covered include Cantonese grammar, trendy expressions, the use of language in social media, and how language is interconnected with thought and culture. Students taking this course will be encouraged to apply their knowledge acquired through the course in evaluating their understanding about language as well as their language learning and language use experience.
This course includes topics such as language structure and sounds, language acquisition, and language use in society. Students will gain a basic understanding and experience of studying and analyzing language scientifically and systematically.
Learning Outcomes On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. describe basic concepts in terms of how languages are structured and acquired;
  2. develop an appreciation of linguistics as the scientific study of language;
  3. heighten their awareness of the rule-governed nature of languages;
  4. apply linguistic knowledge in analysing and evaluating some phenomena about language acquisition and language use in daily life
Recommended Reading(s) / Reference(s) Major readings will be provided in class.

Other references

Fromkin, V., Rodman, R., & Hyams, N. (2014). An Introduction to language (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Radford, A., Atkinson, M., Britain, D., Clahsen, H., & Spencer, A. (2009). Linguistics: An Introduction (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Widdowson, H.G. (1996). Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yule, G. (2014). The study of language (5th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Course Assessment Tutorial tasks – Students will complete some tutorial tasks which would allow them to apply knowledge acquired in the lecture (50%)


Assignment – Students will complete an assignment which would require them to link the content learnt in class and their experience in learning or using language. This assessment component provides students with an opportunity to apply their linguistic knowledge in analyzing and evaluating phenomena related to language acquisition and use. (50%)