This course will introduce you to the ?eld of linguistics: the scienti?c study and analysis of human language. We will survey some of the core sub?elds of linguistics: phonetics (the study of the perception/ production of speech sounds), phonology (the study of sound systems and patterns), morphology (the study of word formation and structure), syntax (the study of sentence structure), and semantics (the study of word and sentence meaning). In this survey, you will be introduced to the tools that linguists use to analyze the language at all of these di?erent levels of structure. Our investigation into this ?eld will include linguistic data that represents the vast diversity of human language as well as some of those characteristics that are universal to all human languages. In addition, we will also investigate how the study of language and linguistic structure can be used in other disciplines, such as psychology,neurology, and sociology.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
◦ understand the di?erent levels of language structure and their related core ?elds within linguistics;
◦ use scienti?c methods to conduct linguistic analyses at each level of linguistic structure;
ectively and appro priately apply metho ds of analysis cross-linguistically, to language phenomena within English as wellas with in other languages;
◦ identify the properties common to all natural languages as well as the ways in which languages can vary;
◦ understand how language is acquired and how it is represented in the brain;
◦ apply knowledge of linguistics and language structure to the study of other disciplines.
There are no prerequisites for LING 400; however, it is not open for credit to students who have taken LING 200.
Likewise, if you are (an intended) LING major and have already taken another introduction to linguistics course in a di?erent department (e.g., ENGL 390, ASIAN 401, SPHSC 303, etc.) for the major intro requirement, you cannot take this class for LING credit.
Department of Linguistics, Ohio State University. 2016. Language Files 12: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics (12th edition). Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
Important note: I will make reference to and assign readings from this 12th edition of the textbook. The 13th edition of this book just came out (in August 2022), meaning that there will likely be very few used editions available.
While there are older editions of thistextbook available, I would not recommend trying to use any edition older than the 11th edition for the course. If you do opt to use the 11th edition of this text, note that there will be minor discrepancies with assigned readings from the newer edition.
- Quizzes (25%): Throughout the quarter, a series of weekly online quizzes will test your knowledge of the readings, lecture content, and class discussions. The format of the quizzes will primarily be multiple choice,true/false, matching, or short-answer questions and will serve as a practice for the exams. These quizzes will be conducted through Canvas. Each quiz will “close” at 11:59pm on the day they are scheduled (after which time they cannot be accessed). There will be NO opportunities to make up missed quizzes. Because of this strict policy, you will be allowed to drop your lowest quiz grade.
- Homeworks (25%): A series of weekly online “homework” assignments (administered on Canvas) will test your ability to apply the knowledge and skills gained within each course topic. The format of the homework assignments will include both objective-style questions (e.g., multiple choice, matching, etc.) as well as shortanswer and multi-part, analysis questions involving data sets or language problems. You will have a week to work on each of these assignments, during which time you will be able to work on it at your leisure, save your progress (this is done automatically when any change is made), and return to it later. (However, to get full credit for the assignment, you must submit the assignment before the closing date/time.) There will be NO opportunities to make up missed homework assignments. Because of this strict policy, you will be allowed to drop your lowest homework grade.
- Exams (40%): There will be two exams. The ?rst is a midterm exam (Feb. 8th – 20% of grade) which will cover the topics of the ?rst half of the class. The second and ?nal exam (Mar. 14 – 20% of grade) will be on the material covered after the midterm. You will be provided with a review sheet prior to each exam. There will be NO opportunities to retake, postpone, or take an exam early (except in the case of University-sanctioned events, veri?cation required) so please take note of the exam dates and schedule your activities accordingly.
- Participation (10%): The discussions, group exercises, and demonstrations that will take place in the lectures will bene?t greatly from your regular attendance and participation. Although attendance is not speci?cally required, participation is. Your participation grade will be calculated based on yourinformed contribution to class discussions and/or on the Canvas discussion forums. This may include, but is not limited to asking/answering questions; actively engaging in planned class activities;responding to posted discussion questions and prompts in the Canvas discussion forums; posting relevant links or topics for discussion in the Canvas discussion forums.
The assigned readings are to be read in advance ofthe lectures. The readings complement the lectures and provide the necessary background; however, you should not assume that they will be fully summarized or reviewed in class.
Students should be prepared to evaluate, integrate, or respond to the readings in class discussions. You are not expected to bring your textbook to class every day, though there may be times when I will ask you bring it for the occasional class exercise.
I will post the powerpoint slides that I use in lecture to the course website after each class is concluded. If I haven’t posted the day’s lecture slides by 5pm, please feel free to send me a (friendly) reminder to post them.
I highly encourage you to attend my o?ce hours. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and clarify your understanding. You do not have to have speci?c questionsto come to o?ce hours, but you should be able to articulate what you would like to review. If you can’t come to my regularly schedule o?ce hours, send me an email to set up an appointment.
I will make all attempts to respond to emails within 24 hours (feel free to send me a reminder after 36 hours if I haven’t responded to you). Please note that you should not expect a response from me after 7 pm on weekdays or on Saturdays.
I will primarily contact you through the Canvas announcement system, so make sure that you promptly receive those announcements.
The health and safety of the University of Washington community are the institution’s priorities. Please review and adhere to the UW COVID Face Covering Policy. Students can choose to mask, or not, at their own discretion, and on a situation-speci?c basis. Well-?tting, high-quality masks remain an important tool against COVID and other respiratory illnesses. Your choice regarding masking will not impact your grade in this course.
If you need to be absent from class due to illness (COVID, or some other illness), please contact me as soon as possible so we can discuss how to accommodate you.
The University takes academic integrity very seriously. Behaving with integrity is part of our responsibility to our shared learning community. If you’re uncertain about if something is academic misconduct, ask me. I am willing to discuss questions you might have.
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