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.
Jan 03, 2017
Excellent! Really enjoyed and learnt a lot. I did not expect such a great content and professionalism in a free course. I am definitely purchasing for the title.\n\nThanks to all the team! Great job!
by Spyros V•
Feb 20, 2019
I learned a lot of things, but most importantly I have a conceptual understanding of the different components that create the structure of language. The student will listen to a lot of different languages, will be introduced to various branches of linguistics and will create a solid base on which they can further study the interesting topic of human language. The educator was great and the students (Martin and Inge) are relatable, polite and smiling. Great course.
by Marty M M•
Feb 24, 2019
The best part of this course was the introduction of many useful resources: World Atlas of Language Structures, Ethnologue, Babel Magazine, etc. The lecturer and his assisting students are entertaining and easy to understand.
by John C•
Mar 28, 2019
I found this course extremely challenging. Which I love. I now have a whole know respect for the learners of languages, and the people who study linguistics. I am glad I took part in this program.
by elhoucine m•
Apr 10, 2019
IT is an amazing course
by Sara C•
Mar 13, 2019
Very good and complete. I wish there was more!
by Peter B•
Dec 25, 2018
A really excellent introduction to many aspects of linguistics (from the sound to the social level):
Kudos to the wonderful Marc van Oostendorp and his team!
But, beware dear reader: Some of the quizzes are really "tricky" :-)
by Nasser H•
Jan 20, 2019
by yan l•
Feb 13, 2019
Interesting and engaging. Like the professor a lot, so engaging.
by Evan S•
Mar 11, 2019
This was an exciting course that uses real people to demonstrate linguistic concepts. It was a great idea to have speakers of less internationally familiar languages such as Gungbe and Berber to demonstrate how it is possible to understand the basics of a language's structure (despite having no prior knowledge of that particular language).The video discussions and interviews were a nice way to break up lectures and provide real-life context to the course.
by Alexander S•
Jul 12, 2018
A great introductory course!Of special value for me were the language informants. Through them understanding the diversity of languages was a lot more interesting and practical.
Sep 07, 2018
This course is so fun and informative, and I was actually sad when it ended. Oostendorp is a fantastic professor and I highly recommend his course.
by jamie b•
Sep 10, 2018
This is course for those who love language and also for those who want to explore the miracle of language . Pro. Ostendrop and his team breaks down the syllabus into a bit size and in very friendly manner . Its like we're sitting in a live class room. In the middle of the module there are interviews from experts such as Noam Chomsky, we all know he's a mammoth figure in linguistic realm. Thanks Coursera and thanks all the teams who are involved in creating this course.
by Bhaskar P•
Sep 22, 2018
Dr. Van Oostendorp and Leiden University have created a course of outstanding quality. It far exceeded my expectations and has provided an excellent introduction to the subject of Linguistics.
by Ameer A•
Sep 29, 2018
This course is really useful and it helped me increase my information about linguistics!
i would really thank the professor Marc Van Oostendrop for his kindness and for his simple style to facilitate the materials of this course. I wish I get other free courses as this great one!
Best regards to all who participated in this course!
See you in new other courses from Coursera!
by Akhilesh S•
Aug 09, 2018
This is a wonderful and fun course. A must for anyone interested to know about the study of linguistics.
by Huang J•
Aug 15, 2018
Before I start, I didn't expect the course to be as well structured and helpful as it turns out. It enables the learner to have a clear big picture of language studies landscape. Chapeau and thanks to its creators!
by Tejo D K•
Sep 01, 2018
This is one of the best courses I have done in my life. I always used to wonder about human languages and how they evolved, and this course answered a lot of my questions and now I am even more interested in the subject as I know the technicalities of linguistics. My special thanks to Professor Marc van Oostendorp who was just amazing and made the topics very interesting and creative. The main reason I completed the course though it has some difficult topics was because of his wonderful teaching and ability to grab my attention. My thanks to Inge and Martin for their discussions and their very thoughtful questions. I will wait for other courses from Leiden University, Thank you for making me more knowledgeable.
by Isaac M Á•
Oct 17, 2018
Very nice course.
by Charles M•
Oct 09, 2018
by Laurie K•
Nov 02, 2018
Very interesting course, well-made videos, interesting interviews and reading materials. Would definitely recommend this course to people who want to know more about different aspects of language.
Nov 01, 2018
Prof. van Oostendorp is an excellent and motivational teacher. I feel like a got a real introduction to the field of linguistics!
by Roberta R•
Nov 04, 2018
The lectures are extremely easy to follow even for somebody who has never heard of linguistics before. The required readings and suggested bibliography were extremely interesting and will give me something to work on even now that I have completed the course. Thanks for creating this great course!
by Timothy H•
Nov 04, 2018
This is a challenging course, but if you are truly interested in linguistics this is an excellent choice. Certainly the best one available in a MOOC. Thank you for the effort.
by Doron V•
Jun 16, 2016
Excellent and most enjoyable course!
The videos of the professor and his students are clear and fluent and even the quiz are not too hard.
And the best part are the informants in various languages one does not encounter every day.
The course is mostly recommended to all.
by Alan D D S•
Oct 05, 2016