Introduction to Linguistics


Marjana Vaneva, PhD
Dean of the School of Foreign Languages

This course is designed to introduce students to linguistics, the scientific study of language. The main issues to be addressed are linguistic universals and diversities which will be explored by examining the major areas of linguistics: morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and neurolinguistics. Thus, the basic morphological, phonological, and syntactic concepts, such as word, morph, morpheme, simple and complex words, word formation, inflectional and derivational morphology; constituent structure and tree diagrams; phone, phoneme, vowel and consonant sounds will be addressed during the course. Furthermore, related issues will be discussed such as: language change, language families, language varieties, and first and second language acquisition.