學期別: 1012 課程名稱: 040042a 語言學概論(下)
Office: A519 (ext. 2727)
Office Hours: Thurs. 15:30-17:30 or by appointment
email: 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 social and biological aspects of language. Topics 
covered will also include language and technology, and writing systems.

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, 2010, etc.

Course Outline:
III. Language and society  (2/21-4/18, F&R&H Part 4 Chapters 9, 10, & 11)
     This section explores the social, political, and historical side of language, including how
     language relates to social and geographical diversity, attitudes and biases about language, 
     and the historical approach to the study of linguistic structure.
       - Language and communities: geographic and social variation, dialects
       - Language and Justice: socio-political problems of language
       - Linguistic archaeology: historical/comparative linguistics
       - Writing systems

IV.  Language and the human species  (4/25-5/30, F&R&H Part I and Chapters 7 & 8)
     In this section we examine language from a biological perspective, as an ability restricted 
     to the human species. We will consider some alternative hypotheses about the connection
     between language and biology, including a look at the human brain and at 'language' in 
     other species.
       - Language, learning, and the brain
       - Animal language, language and evolution

V.   Results and applications of linguistic research  (5/30-6/13, F&R&H Chapter 8)
     In this section we will explore some examples of natural language technology that arise 
     from linguistic research.

Course requirements:
Grades will be based on class participation, homework assignments, a midterm exam, and a final
exam. Note: any form of plagiarism will result in a zero grade for the assignment.

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, usually on Thursdays, having been assigned
the previous week. 10% of the grade will be deducted for each day the written assignment is overdue
without prior approval. No Online homework will be accepted after the assignment is closed and the
answers are posted.

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.

Course Schedule:
2/21/13-3/21	Review and preview; Sociolinguistics   (2/28 holiday)
3/21-4/18	Historical linguistics   (4/4 holiday)
4/18		Writing systems; review
4/25		Midterm exam; Biological aspects of language.
4/25-5/30	Biological aspects of language: language acquisition, animal languages,
		and the brain
5/30-6/13	Human and computer language processing; review
6/20		Final exam

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

HAVE A NICE SEMESTER!

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