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Julia R. Herschensohn
LING 200
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Linguistic Thought

Language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species; diversity and complexity of human languages; phonological and grammatical analysis; dimensions of language use; language and writing; impact of historical linguistics on contemporary theory. Not open for credit to students who have completed LING 201 or LING 400.

Class description

Winter 2001- Language as the fundamental characteristic of the human species; diversity and complexity of human languages; phonological and grammatical analysis; dimensions of language use; language and writing; impact of historical linguistics on contemporary theory. Not open for credit to students who have taken L400.

Course objectives: This course is an analytic introduction to the methods linguists use for investigating and describing human languages. Drawing on examples that show some of the richness and diversity of the world's 5,000+ languages, we will explore the spectrum of linguistic devices used in the world's languages, spoken and signed, written and oral. We will explore the core areas of linguistics, that is, morphology, syntax, semantics and phonology, as well interdisciplinary areas.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Resources: Textbook: Fromkin, V. & R. Rodman. An Introduction to Language (6th ed.); Frommer, P. & E. Finegan. A Workbook in Elementary Linguistics (2nd ed.) . A copy of the primary texts and supplementary readings will be put on reserve in the OUGL. Information related to the course is also available on the Ling200 website (UW Linguistics Department).

Class assignments and grading

Evaluation: Your quarter grade will be based on homework (30%), section participation (10%), midterm (25%) and final exam (35%). Homework, which includes problem solving and definitions, is assigned on Friday and due in section the following Thursday. Before the major exams, the weekly homework will be replaced by an in-section review quiz on Feb. 8 and Mar. 8. For the exams, students are responsible for material covered in readings, problem sets and lectures (including guest ones). Be sure to include your section number, time and your TA's name on the top of all work you turn in. Except in cases where you have a health or other emergency and obtain permission from the instructor or your TA beforehand, no late homework assignments will be accepted and no make-up exams will be given. No incompletes will be granted.


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Last Update by Sojourner Truth
Date: 10/25/2000