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501: LINGUISTICS Fall/05


(WORD\3330-FALL 2005.syl) {CRN:13183} -1/5-

»» S Y L L A B U S ««
This syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. The
changes will be announced in advance of the class day affected.

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¦ PLEASE, TURN OFF CELL PHONES AND/OR BEEPERS WHILE IN CLASS. ¦
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LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN: The limits of my language mean the limits of my world"


(Austrian, 1889-1951) (Die Grenzen meiner Sprache bedeuten die Grenzen
meiner Welt).

PLEASE, SEE Handout "C O U R S E O B J E C T I V E S, P O L I C I E S A N D

R E Q U I R E M E N T S" accompanying this syllabus –-to be


handed out in the first class day.

REMEMBER: CENSUS DAY is Friday, September 2, 2005.


Last day of classes at UT-D: Mon, Nov 28, 2005.-

>>>> The final exam period at UT-D for Fall 2005 is Tues, Nov. 29 – Mon, Dec. 5, BUT
NO FINAL EXAM will be given in this course. See assignments for 11/21 and 11/28.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:
• V. FROMKIN, R. Rodman & Nina Hyams, An Introduction to
Language, Boston, Mass: Thomson & Heinle
Publishers,
2003, 7th ed. (ISBN: 0-15-508481-X).
N O T E: EXERCISES: You are only responsible for exercises specifically
assigned by the instructor by means of HANDOUTS.

• David CRYSTAL, The English Language, New York: Penguin Books. 2002
(2nd. ed., paperback) (ISBN: 0-14-100396-0).

RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOKS:
• Rebecca S. Wheeler. Language Alive in the Classroom,
Westport, Conn: Praeger, 1999.
• Peter Matthews, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of
Linguistics, New York: Oxford University Press,
1997. • Peter Matthews, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of
Linguistics, New York: Oxford University Press,
1997.
• Ohio State University, Language Files: Materials
for an Introduction to Language, Columbus, Ohio: The
Ohio State Univ. Press/Department of Linguistics,
2001,
8th ed.
• Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research
Papers, New York: The Modern Language Association of
America, 2003m 6th. ed.
• The American Heritage Dictionary, 4th. ed. (Paperback
ed.)
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Mon. 08/22: INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE.- Student Profile


Sheet.- Objectives & Course Policies and Requirements.- List
of term paper topics.- Videos shown in class.- EXPLAIN THE
REASON FOR THE SYLLABUS, HOW CLOSE IT WILL BE FOLLOWED BY THE
INSTRUCTOR and THE PURPOSE OF EXERCISES IN THE
TEXTBOOKS.

***** FILM(S): "Unlocking Language" (VT3039) --SEE NOTE


about
the meaning of VT???? in “COURSE OBJECTIVES, POLICIES AND
REQUIREMENTS” (accompanying handout).

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Mon. 08/29: THE NATURE OF HUMAN LANGUAGE &


WHAT IS LANGUAGE? FROMKIN, p.1 & Ch.1: pp. 3-
28 &
Summary, pp.28-29.-
NOTE: When necessary make use of the Glossary, pp.573-598
& Index, 599-620.

† CRYSTAL, Introduction, pp. xi – xii.


† CRYSTAL, Ch.1: The English Language Today,
pp.1–12
& Pidgins and Creoles, pp.13–17,--
NOTE: When necessary make use of the Index, 307-12.
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Mon. 09/05: HOLIDAY: Labor Day (No classes)


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Mon. 09/12: Continued: WHAT IS LANGUAGE?.- WHAT'S


LINGUISTICS?.-
Various branches of linguistics.- The
interdisci-
plinarity of linguistics.- The components of
language.- More definitions.- Design
features (properties) of language.-
Language functions,
etc.- QUIZ

† CRYSTAL, Ch,13: English Around the World,


pp.233-63 & British and American
English, pp.264-69.
***** FILM(S): "The Global Tongue: The English Language" (VT1059).
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Mon. 09/19: MORPHOLOGY: THE WORDS OF LANGUAGE FROMKIN, p.


67 & Ch.3: 69-106 & Summary, pp. 106-08.-

† CRYSTAL, Ch.3: Vocabulary, pp.34-45 & How Large


is
Your Vocabulary?, pp.46-51.
Study Sheet and Sample Test(s) to be provided for TEST #1.

***** FILM(S): THE HUMAN LANGUAGE SERIES: Part I:


Discovering the Human Language: "Colorless Green
Ideas" (VT2676).
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Mon. 09/26: ===> T E S T #1 (Open book): Review Study


Sheet
& Sample Test(s) would have been provided
beforehand.
NOTE: -Test may be postponed if it is deemed necessary.
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Mon. 10/03: PHONETICS: THE SOUNDS OF LANGUAGE FROMKIN, Ch.6:


pp.231-266 & Summary, pp.267-268.-

R E V I E W OF TEST #1
IMPORTANT ASSIGNMENT: (Equivalent to 10% of the final term paper grade).
DUE DATE: __10/17___: Term Paper topic + bibliography
assignment (See instructions provided by the instructor).
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Mon. 10/10: PHONOLOGY: THE SOUND PATTERNS OF LANGUAGE


FROMKIN, Ch.7: pp.273-326 & Summary, pp.327-
329.-

† CRYSTAL, Ch.4: Pronunciation, pp.52-63 &


Received
Pronunciation, pp.64-68.

***** FILM(S): “Human Speech Articulation (VT3260) and/or


"Normal Speech Articulation" (VT2969).
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Mon. 10/17: [SYNTAX] THE SENTENCE PATTERNS OF LANGUAGE
FROMKIN, Ch.4: 117-137(!) & Summary, 164-165.-
NOTE: I will
provide you with handouts to round up the treatment of syntax in this
course.

† CRYSTAL. Ch.2: Grammar, pp.21-31 & Grammar and


You, pp.32-33.
† CRYSTAL, Ch.9: Personal English, pp.144-56 &
Statistical Laws, pp.157-60.
===> Term Paper topic + bibliography assignment DUE TODAY.

***** FILM(S): THE HUMAN LANGUAGE SERIES: Part III: The


Human Language Evolves: "With or Without
Words" (VT2678).
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Mon. 10/24: [SEMANTICS] THE MEANINGS OF LANGUAGE [INCLUDING:


PRAGMATICS] FROMKIN, Ch.5:
173-219 & Summary,
pp.219-221.-

† CRYSTAL, Ch.7: English at Play, pp.107-23 &


Sound Symbolism, pp.124-26.

***** FILM(S): "Language Development" (VT1917) and/or THE


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HUMAN LANGUAGE SERIES: Prog. #2: Acquiring the


Human Language: "Playing the Language Game"
(VT2677).
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Mon. 10/31: LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY FROMKIN, Ch.10: p. 443 &


pp. 445-488 & Summary, pp.488-
490.-

† CRYSTAL, Ch.6: LANGUAGE VARIETY, pp.87-103 &


Trucker Talk, pp.104-06.
LANGUAGE PROCESSING: HUMANS AND COMPUTERS FROMKIN, Ch.9:
pp.397-433 & Summary, pp.433-436.-
† CRYSTAL, Ch.8: The Effect of Technology, pp.127-40
& Texting, pp.141-43.
† CRYSTAL, Ch.5: Spelling, pp.69-81 & Spelling
Reform, pp.82-84.
***** FILM(S): "American Tongues" --about dialects (VT2022).
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Mon. 11/07: LANGUAGE CHANGE: THE SYLLABLES OF TIME FROMKIN,


Ch.11: pp.499-536 & Summary, pp.536-
537. WRITING: THE ABCs OF LANGUAGE
FROMKIN, Ch.12: pp.545-566
& Summary, p.567.-

† CRYSTAL, Ch. 10: Old English, pp. 163-178 &


Casting the Runes, pp.179-183.
† CRYSTAL, Ch. 11: Middle English, pp.184-202 &
The
Origins of Modern Standard English,
pp.203-06.
Study Sheet and Sample Test(s) to be provided for TEST #2.

***** FILM(S): THE STORY OF ENGLISH SERIES: Prog.#2: "The Mother Tongue" (VT2089)

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Mon. 11/14: ===> T E S T #2 (Closed-book Test) Review


Study
Sheet & Sample Test(s) would have been provided
beforehand.
NOTE: Test may be postponed if it is deemed necessary.
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Mon. 11/21: BRAIN AND LANGUAGE FROMKIN, Ch.2: pp.33-60


&
Summary, pp.61-
62.-
LANGUAGE ACQUISITION FROMKIN, Ch.8: p.339 &
pp.341-390 & Summary,p.390-
391

† CRYSTAL, Ch. 12: Early Modern English, pp.207-27


& Words Then and Now, pp.228-32 Appendix A: Some Events in
English

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Language History, pp. 298 – 300. --

====> TERM PAPER due today (A list of term paper topics will be
provided)
====> TEST #3 (Take-home portion will be distributed today in class (70 pts).
Please, return completed test on Mon. 11/28.

Sample Test(s) and Study Sheet will be provided for In-class


portion of TEST #3 (LAST TEST).

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Mon. 11/28: R E V I E W OF T E S T #2

=====> Take TODAY: In-class portion of T E S T #3


(30 pts.).-

=====> DUE today: Take-home portion of TEST #3


(70 pts.).-

=====> See above about T E R M P A P E R


due date.-

*** COURSE EVALUATION.


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