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Language Invention in Linguistics Pedagogy$
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Jeffrey Punske, Nathan Sanders, and Amy V. Fountain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829874.001.0001

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The interdisciplinarity of conlangs

The interdisciplinarity of conlangs

Moving beyond linguistics

(p.169) 11 The interdisciplinarity of conlangs
Language Invention in Linguistics Pedagogy

Nathan Sanders

Christine Schreyer

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the pedagogical and cognitive benefits that interdisciplinarity has for both students and instructors when paired with intentional pedagogy, in the context of courses that use language construction to teach linguistics. The chapter presents four case studies from such courses, addressing how a language is shaped by the anatomy of its users, the physical environment it is transmitted through, and the surrounding culture of its users. As these case studies demonstrate, language construction provides opportunities to explore the links that language has with other fields of study, such as biology, physics, and culture, highlighting the inherent interdisciplinarity of linguistics and anthropology.

Keywords:   interdisciplinarity, constructed language, intentional pedagogy, linguistics, biology, physics, anthropology, Kryptonian language

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