Languages and Linguistics

Open Courseware and Resources

- Languages: system of visual, auditory, or tactile symbols of communication and the rules used to manipulate them.
- Linguistics: scientific study of language, can be theoretical or applied.

Languages and Linguistics - Resource Page

Languages and Linguistics - Learner Support

  • (ES) - language learning community, languages online with interactive courses and lessons, worldwide community to practise skills
  • Dickinson College (US), The Mixxer - Language Exchange Community for Everyone, free educational website for language exchanges via Skype, designed to connect language learners around the world so that everyone is both student and teacher
  • Internet Polyglot: Free Language Lessons Online - dedicated to helping our members learn foreign languages by providing them a way to memorize words and their meanings
  • My Happy Planet - vision to bridge cultures around the world through language learning, Send and receive messages with native speakers, cultures and languages through lessons created by members, videos in multiple languages
  • Radio Lingua Network - Language-learning for iPod, iPhone, mp3 player or computer; take lessons with you wherever you go; download free materials; purchase courses
  • UniLang Language Community - language resources, courses, grammar references, pronunciation guides, phrasebooks, games & exercises: Members, Resources
  • Voice of America (US), Learning English - multimedia source of daily news and info for English learners worldwide; Audio programs and captioned videos written using vocabulary at intermediate and upper-beginner level and read one-third slower; Online texts, MP3s and podcasts; read, listen and learn American English

Languages and Linguistics - Open Textbooks

  • Wikibooks - Languages, books that deal with languages, in particular foreign language learning

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Links to Listings of Open Textbooks (all subject areas)

Introduction to Philosophy of Language

nature of meaning, reference, truth, and their relationships, relationships between language and logic, language and knowledge, language and reality, language and acts performed through its use: readings

Modal Logic

logic of necessity and possibility, and by extension of analogously paired notions like validity and consistency, obligation and permission, the known and the not-ruled-out


central topics in language processing, structure of language, sentence, discourse, morphological processing, storage & access of words in mental dictionary, speech processing, relationship between computational resources available in working memory & language processing mechanism, ambiguity resolution, computational & connectionist models, language & thought, issues in language acquisition, critical period phenomena, acquisition of speech & words, experimental methodologies: readings, Translations (Chinese, Spanish)

Germany and its European Context

main currents in contemporary German literary and visual culture, Nietzsche's thought as a point of departure, dialectics of tradition and modernity in both Germany and other European countries, particularly the UK, France, Denmark, and Poland, Primary works drawn from literature, cinema, art, and performance, including works by Peter Sloterdijk, Thomas Vinterberg, and Michel Houellebecq

Lexicon and Its Features

overview of the distinctive features which distinguish sound categories of languages of the world, Theories which relate these categories to their acoustic and articulatory correlates, both universally and in particular languages, Models of word recognition by listeners, features, and phonological structure, variety of perspectives on these issues, drawn from Electrical Engineering, Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Introduction to Syntax

concepts & principles of central significance in recent development of syntactic theory, special focus on the Government & Binding (GB) / Principles and Parameters (P&P) / Minimalist Program (MP) approach: readings

Language Resources

breaking down language barriers and assisting users who have the desire to learn a language, a need to communicate between languages and for those who work with languages as a profession: online dictionaries & translators, free online language courses

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