Linguistic Theory OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Course on Linguistic Theory

Published Jan 30, 2009

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Study evidentials, inference and other components of language in this free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Linguistic Theory' introduces students to the components of language that result in greater understanding. This course has four prerequisites and is designed for students seeking a degree in Linguistics.

Linguistic Theory: Course Specifics

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Linguistic Theory: Course Description

In addition to studying tones and pitch, students also learn how inflections and other evidentials affect the meaning of a sentence. Compare several languages to form stronger sentences that more firmly state intent, including German, English and Tibetan. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Cambridge, MA, offers this OpenCourseWare about using evidential statements to interpret meanings in direct or indirect statements. This course also covers using the evidential as a means of determining evidence deducted by the strength of a statement. MIT Professor Kai von Fintel teaches this course in lecture format and explains many forms of linguistic theory, including speaking and writing briefly and interpreting a person's belief in a statement or story. The course includes how sentence structure and evidential information make a sentence more or less believable.

Lecture notes and some assignments are available for this course online. Learn more about this course by visiting the linguistic theory course page.

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