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Linguistics

  • Fall 2016
    LING202: Explorations in English Etymology
    The Wonder of Words!


    Take LING202 to find out where dragons 
    (and words) come from. 
    No prerequisites.


    Where do dragons come from?

    • After St. George killed the dragon they all moved to Wales.
    • When they got to Wales they all turned red: Y Ddraig Goch ('the red dragon').
    • Dragons were everywhere. In Greece they had fierce eyes: (δράκων 'drákon'). 
    • The European dragon liked to visit Japan in the spring (ドラゴン ‎(doragon).
    • 'ddraig’, ‘drakon' & 'dragon' are cognates (words born together) that developed from Indo-European.
    • Drake is a dragon.
    Dragon

    Would you like to know six ways to say ‘we’ in Fijian, the myth of the hundred words for snow in Inuktitut, or how to make Zulu clicks?  The Department of Linguistics offers a range of first-year courses including an introduction to grammatical description and practical phonetics.  Second-year courses are offered with First Nations Studies and provide an introduction to the First Nations languages of BC and a course on the distribution of indigenous languages around the world.  Students interested in language learning or teaching, speech pathology or cognitive science will find linguistics courses a great start.

    Contact instructor, Dr. Dwight Gardiner, 604.986.1911 local 2423 or by e-mail dgardine@capilanou.ca for details. 

    University Transfer Credit

    LING 100, 101 and 102 have transfer credit to all British Columbia universities. Please check the online B.C. Transfer Guide for further information.