Tentative syllabus for:
Introduction to English Linguistics 英語語言學概論
Fall 2005 and Spring 2006
Karen Chung 史嘉琳老師

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English linguistics glossaries

English-Chinese linguistics glossaries

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Good handouts on Fromkin
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Some useful references on languages and history of linguistics
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Basic course information: This is a required two-semester course for 2nd year DFLL students; 3 credits per semester; class is held once a week, Wednesday, periods 3, 4, and @, 10:20am to 1:10pm, in 視102.

Textbook: Fromkin, Victoria, Robert Rodman & Nina Hyams. Introduction to Language. 7th edition. Boston: Thomson Wadsworth, 2003. NT$690; purchase at Crane's 文鶴; group discount available.

Resources and requirements: Supplements to the textbook will be provided on the class website. Each week, students will give a short oral summary to the class of the assigned reading in Fromkin. All students will be expected to bring questions on the assigned reading to class, so finishing the reading before attending class is absolutely necessary, though we may do some reading aloud from the textbook in class. Pop quizzes may be given at any time to test your understanding of the assigned reading. An 8-10 page paper on a topic in linguistics of your own choice will be required second semester.

Fall 2005
September 21: Print out these two handouts and bring them to our first class:
(1) FAQs on Linguistics by Elizabeth J. Pyatt http://www.personal.psu.edu/staff/e/j/ejp10/lingland/faqling.html
(2) What is linguistics? by Joost van de Weijer http://www.ling.lu.se/persons/Joost/Texts/lingvistik.html
Overview of course; Chapter 1, p. 1-18: What is language? Linguistic knowledge, Linguistic knowledge and performance, What is Grammar?

September 28: Ch. 1, p. 18-29: Language Universals, Animal "Languages", What We Know About Language, Summary.

October 5:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 1. Chapter 2, p. 33-51: Brain and Language. The Human Brain, The Autonomy of Language.

October 12:
Ch. 2, p. 51-62: Language and Brain Development, The Evolution of Language, Summary.

October 19:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 2; Chapter 3, p. 67-92: Morphology: The Words of Language. Dictionaries, Content Words and Function Words, Morphemes: The Minimal Units of Meaning, Rules of Word Formation, Sign Language Morphology.

October 26:
Ch. 3, p. 92-108. Word Coinage, Grammatical Morphemes, Morphological Analysis: Identifying Morphemes, Summary.

November 2:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 3. Review.

November 9:
Mid-term exam.

November 16:
Chapter 4, p. 117-137: The Sentence Patterns of Language. Grammatical or Ungrammatical?, What Else Do You Know About Syntax? Prepare 3 written questions for each class on the assigned pages in the text. Exercises on ch. 4 to hand in for 11/23: Questions 1, 3, 4, 9. 11, 13, 14. Please think of Chinese examples for Question 1, and for any other questions that ask you to think of examples in another language if you know one. Also print out page one of the map at the following URL and bring it to class next Wednesday:

November 23:
Ch. 4, p.137-151: Sentence Structure, Phrase Structure Rules.

November 30:
Ch. 4, p. 152-165. Sentence Relatedness, Summary.

December 7:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 4. Chapter 5, p. 173-195: The Meanings of Language. Lexical Semantics (Word Meanings), Phrase and Sentence Meaning.

December 14:
Ch. 5, p. 196-221. Phrase and Sentence Meaning, cont'd, To Mean or Not to Mean, Pragmatics, Summary.

December 21:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 5. Chapter 6, p. 231-251. Phonetics: The Sounds of Language. Sound Segments, Spelling and Speech, Articulatory Phonetics: Consonants. Exercises 1-5, 10.

December 28:
Ch. 6, p. 252-261: Articulatory Phonetics: Vowels, Major Classes, Prosodic Suprasegmental Features. Turn in exercises 1-5, 10. Do exercises 6-9, 11-12.

January 4, 2006:
Ch. 6, p. 262-267: Diacritics, Phonetic Symbols. Turn in second part of exercises for Ch. 6.

January 11:
Final exam

Winter break:
(1) Collect at least two observations about language and hand in the first day of class Spring semester. (2) Prepare a linguistics-related topic for a short paper.

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Spring 2006

February 22:
Share your linguistic observations with the class. Chapter 7, Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language p. 273-275. The Pronunciation of Morphemes. Exercises: 1, 3, 4, 7

March 1:
Ch. 7, 276-290: The Pronunciation of Morphemes (continued), Phonemes: The Phonological Units of Language, Distinctive Features, Natural Classes. Exercises: Mark assigned exercises. Read through the exercises in preparation for next week's assignment.

March 8:
Ch. 7, p. 290-318: The Rules of Phonology, Prosodic Phonology (up to Word Stress). Exercises: 6, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15.

March 15:
Ch. 7, p. 318-329: Prosodic Phonology (from Word Stress), Sequential Constraints, Phonological Analysis: Discovering Phonemes, Summary. Chapter 8, p. 341-374: Language Acquisition. Mechanisms of Language Acquisition, Children Construct Grammars. Mark and turn in assigned exercises. Exercises: 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9. Choose topic for 10-page paper.

March 22:
Ch. 8, p. 374-391: Knowing More Than One Language, Second-Language Teaching Methods, Can Chimps Learn Human Language?, Summary. Mark and turn in assigned exercises. Exercises: 2, 10, 11, 12. Turn in topic for 10-page paper.

March 29:
Chapter 9, p. 397-415: Language Processing: Human and Computer. The Human Mind at Work: Human Language Processing, Computer Processing of Human Language. Mark and turn in assigned exercises. Exercises: 1, 2, 5, 6, 10. Begin work on 10-page paper on approved topic. Paper is due on June 7. Hints on paper writing: How to Write a Research Paper; How to Write a Term Paper; The Research Process; How to Write an A+ Research Paper; Writing a Research Paper. Use MLA bibliograpahic citation style. Sample first page of a term paper.   Online Pinyin converter.

April 5:
Tomb-sweeping Day; no class.

April 12:
Ch. 9
, p. 416-436: Computer Processing of Human Language, cont'd, Summary. Turn in exercises for Ch. 9. Review.

April 19:
Mid-term exam.
Turn in a second progress report on your research paper on May 3.

April 26:
Chapter 10, p.443-475: Language in Society. Dialect, Dialects of English, The "Standard", African American English, Latino (Hispanic) English, Lingua Francas, Pidgins and Creoles, Styles, Slang and Jargon.

May 3:
Turn in second progress report on your research paper. Ch. 10, p. 476-490: Taboo or Not Taboo?, Language Sex and Gender, Secret Languages and Language Games, Summary.

May 10:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 10. Chapter 11, p. 499-516: Language Change: The Syllables of Time. The Regularity of Sound Change, Phonological Change, Morphological Change, Syntactic Change, Lexical Change.

May 17:
Ch. 11, p. 516-537: Reconstructing "Dead" Languages, Extinct and Endangered Languages, The Genetic Classification of Languages, Types of Languages, Why Do Languages Change? Summary.

May 24:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 11. Chapter 12, p. 545-558: Writing: The ABC's of Language. The History of Writing, Modern Writing Systems.

May 31:
Dragon Boat Festival: no class.

June 7:
Ch. 12, p. 559-567: Reading, Writing and Speech, Summary. Turn in 10-page report on chosen topic.

June 14:
Turn in exercises for Ch. 12. Catch-up and review.

June 21:
Final exam.

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