Guilherme D. Garcia

I am currently teaching the following courses (Spring 2018).

ENG 320: Introduction to Linguistic Science

There are more than 7,000 natural languages in the world. All these languages may look and sound different on the surface, but their fundamental building blocks are much more similar than people think. This course explores the components of such building blocks, namely, sound, structure, and meaning. We will investigate how sounds are produced and perceived by speakers of different languages, as well as how words and sentences are formed. We will also explore how languages are acquired by children and adults who study foreign languages. Above all, ENG 320 is about the scientific study of human language. We will therefore spend time thinking about the kinds of questions we need to ask to better understand language, and how we can empirically explore such questions to find adequate and satisfying answers.

ENG 321: English Linguistics

The main goal of this course is to investigate the fundamental grammatical structures and relations that govern phrases and sentences in English. We will investigate different linguistic patterns and think about what generalizations can be made from such patterns. As a result, we will also discuss the rationale behind common syntactic constructions in English. In other words, this course will enable students to critically think about how English grammar works.

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