Crash Course Linguistics

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With hundreds of millions of views on our YouTube channel, Crash Course has a worldwide audience in and out of classrooms. While the show is an immensely helpful tool for students and teachers, it also has a large viewership of casual learners who seek out online educational content independently. It has changed attitudes towards education by creating a community of learners who are looking for more than just help passing a test. We hope Crash Course is useful to you, and thanks for watching!

In 11 episodes, Taylor Behnke teaches you linguistics! The content is based on an introductory university-level curriculum, curated by a team of linguists: Lauren Gawne, Jessi Grieser, and Gretchen McCulloch. By the end of this course, you will be able to:

* Understand how linguists approach analyzing language, including our ethical responsibility to use our increased understanding of how language works to be more compassionate with language
* Identify and analyze the structural features of language, across different levels, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics
* Apply this structural approach to describe language as it is used, including its social functions, how people learn language, and how language is used in technology
* Recognize that there are thousands of spoken languages and hundreds of signed languages in the world
* Identify the International Phonetic Alphabet and understand the system behind how the IPA chart is organized

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