Sep 24, 2017
Extremely informational, well presented, with questions that stimulate reflection. The optional reading material is food for thought. I hope to see more courses from the same professor and University.
Mar 22, 2019
I've taken a number of online courses on linguistics now, and this one was by and far the best. The material covered is indepth and engaging, and the professor's enthusiam makes the videos a delight.
by Yao M•
Sep 25, 2019
by Jinn L•
Sep 26, 2019
Well organised, insightful and digestible introductory course.
by Issa H•
Oct 20, 2019
The course was very informative and enjoyable. The professor is clear and to the point and I liked his style and logic. The course is well rounded and the course creators have put a lot of effort into designing it and making it engaging. I loved the discussions with Martin and Inge and the opportunity they were give to conduct the interviews. The readings were enjoyable and it was nice to see prof. Noam Chomsky in one of the interviews. I liked the visit to the lab video. This course was quite lovely and the instructors and the students alike are passionate about it. I guess this goes to show that people who choose this field do so because they are so passionate about it.
by Brendan T•
Oct 01, 2019
Great course with lots of interesting content for anyone interested in linguistics. My only complaint is that some of the questions (especially the ones in the videos) are a bit poorly worded and can be confusing. Overall though, well worth the time spent, and a big thanks to Dr. Oostendorp, Marten, Inge, the language informants and everyone at Universiteit Leiden & Meertens instituut that made this possible.
by Donè P•
Oct 03, 2019
I absolutely loved this course. I learned so much from the lecturer and the students.
by Ángel M•
Oct 03, 2019
A great and complete introduction to the exciting world of linguistics, with emphasis on language diversity and endangered languages. Highly recommended.
by Agholor C C•
Oct 09, 2019
This course indeed has helped to repackage my profile.
by Charles M•
Oct 24, 2019
Very interesting course. An excellent introduction to linguistics.
by Georgina W•
Nov 11, 2019
Full of interesting information. I learned a lot in this course and was challenged by the quizzes.
by Osnat B•
Apr 05, 2019
Wide-angle, general introductory course. Engaging.
by Xiaoyun Y•
Mar 13, 2019
It is a great course including details and all aspects of linguistics. It satisfies my curiosity!
by Antonella C•
Nov 23, 2018
Very interesting and passionating course even for people who are new to linguistic.
by Aryn H•
Aug 20, 2018
This was a very interesting course and introduced me to a lot of interesting concepts and expanded my understanding of the concept of linguistics. I felt some areas could have been explored a bit deeper but overall I enjoyed the course very much.
by Jemima O•
Oct 24, 2018
Overall, I enjoyed taking this course. It was challenging, but it helped me to develop my skills in reading journal articles and assessing university level material. It had interesting case studies and gave me a good grounding in the field of linguistics. Thanks University of Leiden and Dr. Marc van Oostendorp!
by Ana S T P•
Nov 06, 2016
I liked the couse a lot, but I think the quizzes are very tricky and there are questions that you have to deduce more than to know. This is OK as part of learning, but it turns a little difficult when English is not your first language. Also, there were some errors in the quizzes, especially in week 3 and 4. It's very interesting to listen to the informants, but I find difficult to answer the questions about them. I'm not familiar with those languages and it's very hard, and I think that's not the point of the course, like to know how to say "grandma" in Abruzzese or how many ways there are to say "son" in Chinese. So, it may be taken into consideration. Anyways, I really liked the course and I hope it can grow for the best. Thank you!
by Kathleen K•
May 15, 2016
Material is excellent and very interesting. Test questions can be confusing and poorly phrased.
by Elisabet S•
Nov 11, 2016
Sometimes it was hard to understand the concept the professor was trying to make, because some grammatical forms were wrong and therefore the whole concept misleading. Otherwise very interesting course and thank you!
by Zhibiao Z•
Apr 07, 2017
It's fantastic to have a brief look into the intriguing Linguistics. There's so much to learn. But some of the readings and test might be too difficult and improper for a beginner.
by Dorothy H•
Sep 26, 2016
The interview with Chomsky a real treat.
by Daniele C R•
Oct 09, 2016
Very nice work on the various fields of Linguistics, high level interviews, but rather laborious and time consuming quizzes.
by Josef P•
Aug 22, 2016
A great course, it contains very broad discussion of the problems of linguistics.
Quite demanding quizes force students to watch videos carefully and to read the required reading. This leads to better understanding of the matter.
The videos in the course are great too, the explanation of prof. Oostendorp is very lively and entertaining. The interviews with specialists are unique.
by SUZANNE R•
Aug 13, 2017
Good introduction to linguistics led by a charming Professor with great enthusiasm for his subject. It was certainly enough to convince me that the study of linguistics is not for me
by Shivanth M P•
Sep 16, 2016
Introductory insight into Linguistics. The professor takes you very briefly about the variety of subdivisions in linguistics , which , each by itself being a big subdivision within linguistics. Enlightened with basics of all these different approaches of investigating languages
by Emil M•
Aug 08, 2016
The course is a lightweight introduction to Linguistics. If you are absolutely new to linguistics, it will provide you with enough information for further research and self-development. There are some really interesting facts provided by the required reading of the course.
What I mostly liked about the course is the list of additional literature. What I mostly didn't like are quizzes - I little bit too reliant on the question formulation. The only quiz that I really liked was about syntactic analysis of informants' sentences.
by Wang x•
Feb 09, 2017