學期別: 1011 課程名稱: 040028a 語言學概論(上)
Office: A519 (ext. 2727)
Office Hours: Thursday 15:30-17:30 or by appointment
E-mail: mawu@ncnu.edu.tw

Course Objective:
The aim of this course is to learn about the nature of human language. We will survey many 
branches of linguistics and interdisciplinary studies, learning what it is that linguists do. 
We will also practice linguistic analysis through homework, in-class exercises, and exams. 
Emphasis this semester will be on the grammatical aspects of language. (Social and biological
aspects of language and language and technology will be topics for Semester II.)

Required Texts and Materials:
Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman and Nina Hyams. An Introduction to Language, 9th edition
  (International Edition). Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2011.
In addition to chapters in Fromkin et al., from time to time there will be supplementary 
selections from various sources.

Recommended Texts:
The Ohio state University, Language Files, 6th or more recent editions. Bookman Books, Ltd., 
  1996, etc.
Frank Parker and Kathryn Riley, Linguistics for Non-Linguists: A Primer with Exercises, 4th 
  or more recent editions.  Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, 2005, etc.

Course Outline:
I.  Introduction: the central questions (9/20-9/27, F&R&H Ch6)
    The purpose of this section is to introduce you to the important questions that drive 
    research in linguistics and related fields. This section will be framed more in the 
    form of questions than of answers, though current consensus on important points will 
    be brought out wherever possible.
        -‘Plato's problem’
II. What do we know when we know a language?  (9/27-1/10, F&R&H Chs 1~5)
    The primary purpose of this section is to show you what‘knowledge of language’
    consists of, according to linguists. To get a feel for what life is like for a 
    working linguist, you will be analyzing some problems in class and as homework 
    assignments.
	-Grammar: basic concepts and methodology. (F&R&H Chs 6)
	-Morphology: the structure of words. (F&R&H Ch 1)
	-Syntax: putting words together. (F&R&H Ch 2)
	-Meaning: putting language to work. (F&R&H Ch 3)
	-Phonetics and phonology: language as sound. (F&R&H Chs 4&5)

Course Requirements:
Grades will be based on class participation, homework assignments, a midterm exam, 
and a final exam.

Participation (10%)
Part of your grade will depend on the instructor's evaluation of your contributions 
in class: your participation in discussions, your questions on the content and/or 
conduct of the course, your (polite) expressions of your opinions on points covered 
in the course, and so on. It is easy to participate in class if you come to class 
prepared, having read and thought about the relevant reading assignments.  Be active—
it will make things much more interesting.

Homework (30%)
Homework will come in various forms, including brief essays and data problems to 
be analyzed.  Homework will always be due at the beginning of class, having been 
assigned the previous week. NOTE: 10% of the grade will be deducted (non-recoverable) 
for each day an assignment is overdue without prior consultation with the instructor.

Midterm exam (30%)
This will be an in-class exam covering the first half of the course.

Final exam (30%)
This will be an in-class exam covering the whole course.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is the use of someone else's ideas or words without proper credit. 
It can take many forms, from cooperating on homework without the instructor's 
permission to handing in someone else's paper and includes uncited quotation 
of sources. It is always illegal and unethical. In this course, the penalty 
for plagiarism is a zero grade for the first assignment containing plagiarized 
material.  Plagiarizing twice will result in a zero grade for the course.

Course Schedule:
9/20/12-9/27	Introduction: the central questions, and some answers
		Begin section on What do we know when we know a language?
		Knowledge of language, or 'grammar': what it is, and how 
		we study it
9/27-10/11	Morphology
10/11-11/1	Syntax
11/1-11/8	Language typology; review
11/15		Midterm exam (the first 2 hours)
11/15-12/13	Meaning (semantics and pragmatics)
12/13-12/20	Phonetics
12/20-1/10/13	Phonology and morphology (morphophonemics); review
1/17		Final exam

TA協助事項 Teaching Assistant tasks: Manage Moodle online exercises.

                            HAVE A NICE SEMESTER!
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