ANTH 220   SPRING 2014

Instructor: David Bliss

Glass: T-TH 11:30-12:45 Welles 24

Gfc Hrs: Hh 2-3:30




This course provides an introduction to the science of linguistics, the study of language In terms of its nature, structure, social use, and cognitive as well as psychological foundations. The primary concern, however, will;be linguistic analysis. Not only will you be exposed to the analytic techniques of linguistics, but you are:expected to use them to discover the principles that organize a language and govern itsichanp over time. The major topics of investigation will include the design features of language, phonetics, phonemic and morphemic analysis, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, historical reconstructions, language variation, as well as language and themind.


  • Students wiil demonstrate their knowledge of the nature, structure, use, and analysis of language by taking a midterm and a final examinations.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct phonetic, phonemic, morphemic, syntactic, amd historical analyses in homework art^q^
  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of lihguistietheories and research skills through analysis of linguistic data in homework and quizzes, and through participation in classroom discussions.

»Students will demonstrate their understanding of course topics by engaging with scholarly articles and popular media.


Language Files, 11th ed; Department of Linguistics, Columbus, OH: Ohio State University, 2011.


Crystal, David. A Dictionary of Linguistics & Phonetics. Maiden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2003. COURSE REQUIREMENTS Homework Assignments:

There WiJl ^aitoMorten ih^ and/or discussed

in class. The homework is on myCourses. Some can be answered right online and are set up as

assessments. Some are uploaded in pdf format, and these assignments must be printed and handed in. Homework will be assigned as noted: in the chart below and all assignments will be available after class on Thursdays and are due at the beginning of class - that means at 11 :30 am * on the f0||^ng Tuesday no exceptianslCorriplete at least six of these. If you choose to do more than that, the six best assignments will be counted toward your final grade. Please complete at least three before the midterm.

Journal Articles/Media:

There will be six journal articles and four mufti-media links posted to myCourses. Vou are to write a half page to a page relating the article or link to the key topics of the class. Your discussion of these texts should relate course content to examples of linguistics in the real world. Your writing should NOT be a summation of the rriaterial present in the text, but rather how these texts; relate to what weVe discussed in class, what these texts explain well, where they are iaGkingj What further research on this topic yop would like tiGf iearn about, eta %ur wrings should of linguistic plication ihtHerear^

minimum of five of these (compMing at least two before th£ midterm).


There will be two exams for the class, a midterm and a final;Theifinal ^am/ Rf^ect v^ll betake^ home which:! vy)W ^fjarid iaiiit doh the lastiday of blaiss. will meet on the day scheduled for your final, May 9th at 10 am (note the change from the official campus schedule!), to hand them in and dfecusswhMyou have resemhed. MUST show up on finalMami^ jn order to receive credit for the exam/ project! Further information will be provided as we approach the end of the semester.


Your final grade will havethe following distribution:

'Midterm                                      25%

Final Exam                                  25%

Quizzes/homework                     30%

Journal Articles/Media                10%

Participation                                10%

Grading scale:

93 -100 A                    73 - 76.9 C

90-92.9 A-                   70 - 72.9 C-

87 - 89.9 B+                67 - 69.9 D+

83-86.9 B                    63 - 66.9 D

80-82.9 B-                   >62.9 E

77-79.9 C+


• Deadlines: No late work will be accepted. I understand that there may be situations where you just cannot get work to me on time, or that you may miss an exam - illness, accidents, ^5 *n familybut "my printer broke" or "I crashed my computer" are old, as are the variations of it. If you have a very good reason why your work was/will be late (with documentation), please notify me as soon as possible, and we can work something out, Attendance: A lack of participation in class will be reflected in your participation grade.

Plagiarism; Presenting another person's work as your own (including downioading materials from the Internet, multiple submissions of the same work, unauthorized collaboration, falsification and/or any other violation of academic integrity) is unacceptable and will result in a 0 grade on the assignment and/or a failing grade:.'jn. the cbtir#i^wi# the possibility erf referral to the College Judicial Committee, Please see office/dishonesty for further information.

  • Students with disabilities or special needs should contaet the Office of Disability Services. Based on recommendations from that office, students may receive needed assistance, such as additional time or a quiet space to take exams, a reader for exams, and so on.
  • Teaching Philosophy: I teach my classes with the broadest possible examples and try to tie them into your everyday life and ordinary experiences, I believe that the best educational Experiences occurIn ari open and: partitfpatory^ehyiranment/Therewlll be nb'ftrickquestlons" on the exams or assignments, and i will make every effort to ensure that you understand exactly what is expected of you.
  • Celiphones:ifyoMare facinganemergency situationwhich necessitates thatyou keep your phone on, please notify me before the class begins and be as discrete as you can while in class. Otherwise, I expect that your phone will either be off, or set to vibrate, unless we are using smart phones for research during class. Of course, text messaging during class is rude andout of the question. Abuse of the use of technology vvill be reflected in your participation

Laptop use in the classroom creates new and exciting possibilities for teachers and students when used apprapriately. Negative participation (suilirtg, gaming, Chatting, emailing) in class if prohibited. The Instructorand TA:wp v^ch ford^ behavior and it will be reflected in your participation grade.

Discussion guidelines: Everyone is expected to: comport themselves in a manner that does not convey to others in this classroom any disrespect, intolerance, or rude behavior based on age, race, religion, colon national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical attributes, disability, or marital, veteran, or socioeconomic status. Bottom line: if it's rude or intended to be rude, doni say it.


The following is a tentative schedule for the course. You will receive a supplement to this syllabus at the midterm with updates to the schedule and details about the final.


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Topics ahd Readings

Assignments due

: 1


Introduction, Syllabus, andExpectations








What is Linguistics?




Read: Chapter 1







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Read: Chapter 2





4 2/11


i Phonetics assignment

I 2/13

nQ8jCJ. yfl9pt8r y


5 2/18

Morphology Read: Chapter 4

Phonology assignment



Morphology assignment Syntax assignment



8 3/11 i Midterm Review i 3/13 \ Midterm Exam

Semantics assignment

Make isure you Ve Handed in 3 j6urnal and 2 homework assignments



Spring Break (3/18-20)



10 3/25 Predicate Calculus and mathematical t linguistics

, 3/27 11 4/1 4/3


Pragmatics Read: Chapter 7


Predicate Calculous assignment





Language Acquisition Read: Chapter 8

Language variation Read: Chapter 10

i Language Contact and Change Read: Chapters 11&12

5/1 Language and Computers Read: Chapter 15

16 5/6 Review (Last day of Class)