Learning to Think Like Linguists

My paper, “Learning to think like linguists” was published in the Teaching Linguistics section of Language in 2016.

Language is the flagship journal of the Linguistic Society of America. In 2013, the journal launched a special section on Teaching Linguistics. My paper, “Learning to think like linguists: A think-aloud study of novice phonology students” was published in 2016.

Anderson, C. (2016). Learning to think like linguists: A think-aloud study of novice phonology students. Language, 92(4), e274–e291.

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A key learning outcome for undergraduate linguistics courses is for students to learn to reason scientifically about language. This article presents the findings from a think-aloud study of undergraduates in an introductory linguistics course who were in the process of learning linguistic reasoning about phonology. I describe the students’ developing concepts and make recommendations for instructors to help students develop fully formed linguistics concepts and the ability to think scientifically about language.

Author: Catherine Anderson

Teaching Professor in Linguistics at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.