https://www.duolingo.com/IceAly

Miracles of Human Language: An Introduction to Linguistics

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Coursera, another free education website, is offering this course starting March 30. The link is here: https://www.coursera.org/course/humanlanguage. I thought a lot of people here might be interested, so I wanted to share. Maybe we can get a large Duo community on the course!

The description from the website is below:

The Miracles of Human Language introduces you to the many-faceted study of languages, which has amazed humans since the beginning of history. Together with speakers of many other languages around the world, as well as with famous linguists such as Noam Chomsky and Adele Goldberg, you will learn to understand and analyse how your native tongue is at the same time similar and different from many other languages. You will learn the basic concepts of linguistics, get to know some of the key features of big and small languages and get insight into what linguists do.

This course gives an introduction into the study of languages, the field of linguistics. With the support of the basic linguistic terminology that is offered in the course, you will soon be able to comment both on variety between languages, as well as on a single language’s internal structure. Anyone who wishes to understand how languages work, and how they can give us insight into the human mind is very welcome to join.

The course is useful if you want to get a fairly quick introduction into linguistics, for instance because you are considering studying it further, or because you are interested in a neighbouring discipline such as psychology, computer science or anthropology. Furthermore, the course will help you develop analytical skills.

If you are curious to understand how language works and how it gives insight into the human mind, this course is definitely for you!

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I signed up last week!

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https://www.duolingo.com/anthgrl
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So did I, a few weeks ago. I really hope I can make time for it!

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https://www.duolingo.com/wataya
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I'm participating as well :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Same. Though, so far I've been bored to tears with Coursera in the past. The video segments kill me. I just want to get to the key information. crosses my ears

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https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo
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Hey Usagi, you might find yourself agreeing with this course creator then:

Why my MOOC is not built on video

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Ty for that! I'm glad I finally know what that writing on the screen while screencasting is called, "Digital Inking". I have enjoyed that aspect when I've come across it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Delta1212
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Week 2: The Study of Sound: Phonology and Phonetics

Sold! Although of course that's the week I'm in Disney World, which should make finding time to do anything interesting. c'est la vie

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https://www.duolingo.com/efisgpr
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I like that area a lot too. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/htimsmr

I've been signed up for this since it was added to Coursera! I can't wait for it to start.

I'm glad to see other people from here will be there.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dcarl1
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Well, I signed up too, although with travel and a new job it might be dicey.

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https://www.duolingo.com/prpleppleeater

I signed up! Thank you for sharing! I wonder if this will help me learn another language? I hope so, but it will definitely at least motivate me :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/nickyxxx
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Thank you so much for this post! This was exactly what I have been looking for! The website also includes so many other courses, you have truly blessed me!

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https://www.duolingo.com/LaArakido
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I signed up as well. There is an active Facebook group for the course with nearly 5000 members here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/319995861525134/?fref=ts

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https://www.duolingo.com/nikertnemw

I just signed up! I hope I can make time for it!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Aliciaftw

I have a few FB friends in the group, I'll have to join in on the fun. @.@

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mark2020
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I've signed up too. Have become quite interested in this topic. I've just read Steven Pinker's book The Language Instinct and have started another of his books.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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So nice reading the intros of Duolingoers taking the course :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Briskrisk
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I know! What I have been doing most of the day. Have you made a intro yet Usagiboy7?

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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I'll have to catch up, I read some over dinner, now I'm really excited to start the course, ha ha. :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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yup :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Briskrisk
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Sweet :)

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