Which Linguistics class do you guys think is easier?

<p>Which Linguistics class do you guys think is easier?</p>

<p>Languages Of The World - Overview of the world's languages: what languages there are, what they are like, how they are similar, and how they are different.</p>

<p>** The Roots Of English ** - Word roots in English, their history and development, meanings and combinations, usage and variations. Borrowings into and from English. English as a world language.</p>

<p>Languages of the world seems easier. It seems like the roots of english will learn in depth??

<p>Impossible to tell just by the descriptions; go by whichever prof is better or what the courses' reputations are at your school. Or by which one sounds more interesting to you. </p>

<p>Personally, I'd guess you'd get more linguistics knowledge out of the first one. The history of English is interesting and all, but courses like that tend to obscure that there's nothing inherently special about English linguistically, while a comparative linguistics course will at least give you a glimpse of the immense variation (and surprising similarities) present in human language.</p>

<p>Well, English is interesting in that it has Germanic roots, but due to the Norman invasion of England, there's a lot of Latin/French vocabulary and syntax. Plus, there's no central authority on the English language (unlike, for example, in French or German), so it evolves unrestrained. The English language really is fascinating.</p>

<p>That being said, I'd probably take the "Languages of the World" course.</p>

<p>On a side note on the English language, if i'm not mistaken (someone correct me if I'm wrong) the reason it has some German roots is because the Angles and Saxons took over Britain (5th century, before the Norman invasion in the 11th century). The reason there's Latin roots is because it was part of the Roman Empire before that.</p>

<p>I would probably take the first course Languages of the World. Sounds more interesting especially if they look at it from a historical perspective.</p>

<p>Look at the professors offering both course though. Go with the one with better ratings in the areas you look for in classes.</p>

<p>There are no reviews on the professors as my schools Linguistics department forces ratings sites to take the names off. Its the only department that does it. Dont know anybody who has taken them really. Thanks for the responses though.</p>

<p>I would say Languages of the World is easier, though not easy by any stretch. I have a Masters Degree in Linguistics, and have taken both those courses. The course on The Roots of English was definitely more challenging, for me anyway! Plus, I personally think the Languages of the World course is more interesting.</p>

<p>Languages of the World sounds easier, however the Roots of English sounds more interesting.</p>