Introduction To The Study Of Kiswahili Language
The general study of language gives students an insight into the core components of Kiswahili studies. It also unpacks the main branches of linguistics including: phonetics; phonology; syntax; semantics; pragmatics; historical and comparative linguistics, which prepares students for a better understanding of the language.
The course introduces students to the study of language in general. It focuses on language definitions and its functions in society; theories of origin of language; language diversity; language change; the main branches of linguistics including: phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, historical and comparative linguistics and pragmatics; and the relationship between linguistics and other disciplines such as history, anthropology and sociology.
By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:
1. Define language and state its functions.
2. Discuss the theories of language origin.
3. Explain the forms of language, language diversity, language change and what is involved in classification of language.
4. Explain the significance of studying Kiswahili language.
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this course, students will be able to;
1. Demonstrate knowledge about the theories of language origin.
2. Show understanding of the forms of language, language diversity, language change and classification of language.
3. Grasp the contents of the courses of Phonetics and Phonology; Morphology; Syntax; Semantics when they are taught in second and third years.