ERIC Number: ED292325
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Some Thoughts on the Role of Linguistics in a Liberal Arts Education. Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum, Appendix 4-K.
There are several well-known arguments for including linguistics in a liberal arts education. Linguistic theory can be presented as an experimental science in which it is particularly easy to do experiments. In addition, it is a field so new that, in an introductory course, areas about which little is known can be reached in some detail, with students themselves providing crucial evidence. An argument that has received less attention is that linguistics provides important evidence about human nature as exemplified in language. When this approach is taken in the classroom, the student gains a much greater respect for the complexity and richness of the human mind and learns to question the simple-minded views that underlie much contemporary psychological, economic, and political reasoning. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.
Note: In: Langendoen, D. Terence, Ed., Linguistics in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Final Report; see FL 017 227.