Miracles of Human Language MOOC
As it becomes dark and cold, keen language-lovers among Babel’s readers may fancy some extra linguistic sustenance. So we thought we would introduce you to one of the many MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses - that allow you to learn more about languages and linguistics.
Miracles of Human Language: an Introduction to Linguistics is a free course that introduces students to the building blocks of language – sounds, words and sentences – and field work, with participants collecting and analysing their own linguistic data in order to explore their own chosen feature of language.
The course takes place over six weeks, beginning on October 26, with weekly video lectures, quizzes and a final exam. It is run by Professor Marc van Oostendorp of Leiden University, who specialises in the study of phonological microvariation – the small differences in sound systems between varieties of the same language, such as dialects. Both he and other leading linguists will provide participants with a grounding in the daily realities of linguistics - and everything they need to pass their final exam and gain their certificate!
You can find out more about Miracles of Human Language at the MOOC's website. You can also join the Miracles of Human Language Facebook group to discuss the course with other participants.
Do get in touch with Babel through Facebook and Twitter to let us know how you get on with the course or about other language and linguistics MOOCs that you have enjoyed. And best of luck with your studies!