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What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective

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What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective

This free course, What is language?: an applied linguistic perspective, serves as an introduction to the discipline of applied linguistics. It examines what is meant by 'language', what its main characteristics are, and how human language differs from communication between other animals. It also asks whether theoretical knowledge about language can be applied to professional practice.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand some of the different interpretations of the terms ‘language’ and ‘languages’
  • understand the main characteristics or ‘design features’ of language
  • make comparisons between human and animal communications
  • understand how theoretical knowledge can have a practical application.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 26/05/2017

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