This course provides a general introduction to the scientific study of

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Introduction to English Linguistics, 2010F
Instructor: Claire Hsun-huei chang 張郇慧
研究室: 研究大樓 0924
Office Hours: 14:00-16:00 Thur. and by appointment
電話: 2939-3091 ext. 88186
email: [email protected]
Course Description: This course provides a general introduction to the scientific
study of language, with special emphasis on the English language. Students will
explore different aspects of human language and how language operates through
linguistic observation, analyses of language data, discussion of linguistic problems,
group project, and other class activities. With a better understanding of the nature of
language, students are expected to become more objective in dealing with human
communications. Topics covered in the first semester include the nature of human
language, morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax.
Requirements:
Attendance
Faithful attendance is required. Failure to show up in the class for more
than three times (for any reason) will result in F.
Homework
Homework assignments will be given. (Late homework will not be
accepted.)
Quizzes
Pop quizzes will be given from time to time.
** Students are strongly urged to do assigned readings BEFORE each
class. **
Exams
There will be exams covering different topics.
Linguistics Journal Students will be responsible for a linguistics journal
(observation of language phenomena).
GRADING
Homework & Quizzes
Exams
15%
40%
Ling. Journal
30%
Participation & Attendance 15%
Cheating or Plagiarism = Fail
Textbook:
William McGregor. 2009. Linguistics: An introduction. London and New York:
Continuum International Publishing Group. (required)
(http://www.continuumbooks.com/linguistics/mcgregor)
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References:
1. Bruce M. Rowe, and Diane P. Levine. 2009. A concise introduction to linguistics.
2nd edition. Pearson Education, Inc.
2. Edward Finegan. 2004. Language: Its structure and use, Fourth edition. Boston:
Wadsworth, Thomson Corp. (http://english.wadsworth.com/finegan-frommer/)
3. V. Fromkin, R. Rodman, & N. Hyams. 2003. An Introduction to Language, 7th ed.
Thomson & Heinle.
4. Adrian Akamajian, Richard Demers, Ann Farmer, and Robert Harnish. 2001.
Linguistics: An introduction to language and communication, 5th edition.
Cambridge: MIT Press.
5. Linguistic Files. Ohio University Press.
6. Frank Parker, and Kathryn Riley. 2005. Linguistics for Non-linguists: a primer
with exercises, fourth edition. Boston: Pearson.
7. 黃宣範著 語言、社會與族群意識-臺灣語言社會學的研究。台北:文鶴。
8. 謝國平著
語言學概論。台北:三民書局。
9. Steven Pinker. Language Instinct.
Schedule
Week Date
Content
Reading
/Homework
1
9/19
Introduction:What is linguistics?
2
9/26
Nature of Human language:What is
language?
Chapter 1: 1-23
Language bio
Differences between human language
and animal communication
Morphology:morpheme, classification
Chapter 3: 56-79
3
10/3
4
5
of words
10/10 Holiday
10/17 Word formation rules, creation of new
words
6
7
8
Chapter4: 86-100
LJ due
10/24 Lexical categories
Content words, function words
Discussion
10/31 Exam (1): Morphology
Syntax:sentence structure, ambiguity
Chapter 4: 81-85,
100-102
11/7
Chapter 5: 115-127
Constituent structure and
transformational rules, grammatical
relation
Chapter 5: 103-115
3
9
11/14 Discussion: syntax and morphology
Movie: Alice in Wonderland
10
11
12
11/21 Exam (2): Syntax
Semantics: lexical semantics
11/28 Structural semantics: Meaning and its
components
12/5 Phonetics:language sounds
Chapter 6: 128-141
LJ due
Chapter 2: 28-41
Phonetic symbols
Articulatory Phonetics: Consonants
13
12/12 Exam (3): Semantics
Vowels, suprasegmentals
Chapter 2: 41-45
Movie: My Fair Lady
14
12/19 Phonology: Phonemes, distinctive
features
15
12/26 Exam (4): Phonetics
Phonological processes, Syllable
structure
Discussion
1/2
Discussion: syntax and phonology
1/9
Exam (5)
16
17
Chapter 2: 45-52
LJ due
LJ due
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