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E 320 - Introduction to the Study of Language

  • 3 credits
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E 320 is an upper-division undergraduate language and linguistics course. It introduces the basic concepts and theories that linguists and applied linguists adopt in trying to understand how language works and how language is used in the community. Language in this course is studied from a structural analytical perspective, with emphasis on morphology, phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Additional topics of interest include language variation and language change.

This course is recommended for, but not limited to, students interested in language description and its applications, such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), language documentation, computational linguistics, foreign language teaching and teaching in linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms.

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • describe and account for the differences and relationships among various sub-fields of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics;
  • demonstrate control of basic analytical tools and linguistic techniques in the examination of linguistic data to identify and interpret linguistic patterns and state generalizations;
  • formulate hypotheses on the basis of observations appropriate for linguistics;
  • account for the diversity of language experience and language use; and
  • describe the usefulness and relevance of linguistic knowledge to real-world experiences.


CO 150 (College Composition)

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Language: Its Structure and Use, 7th Ed. (2015)
    Finegan, E.

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Any format is acceptable.


Luciana Marques

Dr. Luciana Marques is an instructor of Linguistics in the Language undergraduate concentration and TEFL/TESL graduate program at the Department of English, CSU. She specializes in phonetics and phonology, with interests in second language pronunciation and speech. Her approach involves experimental analysis of second language speech production and perception. She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018.