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Survey of English Linguistics

Daily polls  
Sept
03 05
10 12
17 19
24 26
Oct
01 03
08 10
15 17
midterms
22 24
29 31
Nov
05 07
12 14
19 21
Dec
03 05
10 12
finals


  • Instructor: Kent Lee
  • Fall 2019
  • Time: Tue/Thu 1st period, 9.00-10.15am
  • Room: 202 서관 (Liberal Arts Building)
  • Office hours: by appointment
  • Syllabus (강의 계획)


1 Overview

1.1 Course description

This is a first-year level introductory course to linguistics, which provides a general overview of the field. Students will learn basics concepts of human language and linguistics, and will explore how the English language is structured and used. This course aims to prepare students for university linguistic courses, improving their language learning skills (e.g., English as a second language), and developing an interest it English linguistics.

1.2 Course objectives

By the end of the semester, students will

  1. Understand basic linguistic terminology;
  2. Understand basic concepts of how human language works;
  3. Understand basic structural aspects of English;
  4. Gain study skills needed for the study of English and other languages.

1.3 Textbook and materials

This might be used as the textbook.

  • Fromkin et al. (2018). An introduction to language. (The book is rather expensive, and the 11th edition is new and hard to get in Korea; I will make an electronic version available via Blackboard, so you do not need to buy this book.)

1.4 Announcements

  1. A pre-class mini-quiz has been posted. Read the phonology chapter and complete the online quiz form before class on 24 September.
  2. If you just joined the course, you may not have immediate access to notices and info in Blackboard, so please email me. I can send you copies of past email announcements, and most importantly, a link to a copy of the textbook, a free PDF that you can download.


2 Weekly topics and assignments

Daily polls  
Sept
03 05
10 12
17 19
24 26
Oct
01 03
08 10
15 17
midterms
22 24
29 31
Nov
05 07
12 14
19 21
Dec
03 05
10 12
finals


Daily polls (right): There is no right or wrong; I just want to know your opinion on these questions. These all add up to a single grade. These are also used to track your class attendance.

2.1 Introduction (Weeks 1-2)

  1. What is language? How does human language differ from (a) computer languages, and (b) animal communication?
  2. What is a language?
  3. What is linguistics? What is it useful for?
  4. Overview of key issues, origins of the field
  5. Common language misconceptions
  6. What is a theory?


Forms & quizzes
  • Google Form #1: This is a form to collect basic info and contact info, and to ask you some survey questions.


Lecture materials
Lecture slides (not PPT, but Google Presentation slides) Video lectures


Other links


2.2 Phonetics & Phonology (Weeks 3-4)

  1. Articulatory phonetics
  2. Difference between phonetics & phonology
Assignments

Pre-class quiz on the phonology chapter. Be sure to read the phonology chapter first (at least the first 50-60% of it) to do this. This requires you to try out and apply what you've read and learned. This is due before class on 24 September. This is worth 25 points, and grading will be based on effort as well as accuracy.[1]

Links


2.3 Morphology (Week 5)

2.4 Semantics (Week 6)

2.5 Grammar & syntax (Weeks 7)

2.6 Midterm (Week 8)

In-class essay exam


2.7 Pragmatics (Week 9)

2.8 Sociolinguistics (Week 10)

2.9 Historical & comparative linguistics (Week 11)

2.10 Writing systems (Week 12)

2.11 Language acquisition (Week 13)

2.12 Psycholinguistics (Week 14)

2.13 Psycholinguistics & neurolinguistics (Week 15)

2.14 Final exam (Week 16)

In-class essay exam


3 See also

3.1 Videos


3.2 Other links & resources

Additional recommended books
  • Crystal, D. (2002). The English language (2nd ed.). London: Penguin.
  • Language Files, 12th ed., Ohio State Univ. Press.


3.3 References

  1. Various minor assignments have different point values. At the end of the semester, I will add up the point values to calculate one summative grade for minor assignments. For example, if your points add up to 175 out of 195 possible points, that's 175/195 = 89.7.