Rocky Meade (phone: 815-4094, 469-2094) rocky.meade@


Ms Christene Phillips christene.meade

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Jodianne Scott

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L14A: Introduction To Language And Linguistics
Course Outline Semester 1 2006/2007

Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the study of language from the perspective of the academic discipline known as linguistics. It will seek to answer a number of questions. How are languages similar to and different from each other? Is language biologically innate or is it learned through social interaction? Do animals have language? Is there one correct way to speak English? This course introduces the study of language and begins the process of answering these and other language-related questions.
4 hours per week (two lecture hours and two tutorial hours) during Semester I.
Cell phones must be off during the meetings. Proper notification must be given if you are unable to come to a meeting



By the end of the course, students should be able to:

a. demonstrate an awareness of the general structure of linguistics as a discipline and an understanding the basic assumptions linguists make about language;
b. recognize the diversity of language systems and their fundamental similarities;
c. use the basic terminology of linguistic subfields, including phonetics, phonology, morphology syntax and semantics;
d. demonstrate an understanding of the sources from which information can be derived about language, the kinds of data on which linguistic theories are based, and how to evaluate information derived from various sources.
e. engage in practical activities involving the collection and synthesis of language data.
f. use linguistic analysis to investigate the organizing principles of language and solve basic phonetic, phonology, morphology and syntax problems;
g. express in expository essay form the insights they have developed about language and linguistics.



For additional consultations please follow the following guidelines:

  • For administrative, course organization and scheduling matters first contact the Course Coordinator (by email anytime or in room 47a Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm).
  • For matters relating to the course content (lectures, tutorials, assignments and readings) first contact your tutor (by email anytime or by appointment in room 76 Mondays 4:00-5:00 pm).
  • If any issue remain unresolved after the above attempts then contact the lecturer, first by email and if that fails by phone. If the matter cannot be resolved by email or phone an appointment will be given for an office consultation session.

Coursework (40%) and a 2 hr final examination (60%) for a total of 3 credits.

The in-course assignment for this course will contribute 40% towards your grade (see in-course assignment sheet). Assignments will be accepted (at tutorial and lecture sessions) during week nine beginning 30 October 2005, but no later than the beginning of the lecture (4:45pm) on 6 November 2005, in accordance with the Faculty’s policy on deadlines. No assignments will be accepted after the deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to submit assignments before the final due date.

Please note that the Assignment listed in Unit 3 of your Course Manual will be a tutorial assignment ONLY, which you will do in your tutorial session.

Final exam: Your final exam (worth 60%). Duration for final exam is 2 hours. The final exam will cover all the topics set out in the course.

Requirements:Course Assessment

In order to pass this course, students must meet the following minimal

  • attend a minimum of 9 tutorials and regular attendance of lectures (note that this course is difficult to keep up with if you skip any at all so you are expected to attend and participate in all scheduled lecture and tutorial sessions).
  • work consistently on homework exercises
  • complete exams with a passing average grade
  • turn in all projects and assignments on time
  • demonstrate familiarity with required readings
  • attend class regularly and participate in class activities
    Notes: Students are expected to do at least 9 hours per week of out-of-class preparation. However, depending on your schedule or your level of preparedness for the course, it might be in your best interest to spend more private time to fully grasp the concepts.
  • Students absent from lectures and/or tutorials are responsible themselves acquiring material (including handouts) missed and should make independent efforts to collect notes from other students and to finish readings before consulting the lecturer/tutor.


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