Linguistics 001   Homework Assignments (fall 2000)

General information

  1. There will be a homework assignment due almost every week, except during the period around the midterm. You can ask questions about the current homework in your recitation section, or by email to the course instructor and/or your TA.
  2. You should give your completed homework in class to your TA on the day it's due. If for some reason you can't make class that day, make other arrangements with them to hand it in.
  3. Homework will be given back to you and discussed in the next feasible meeting of your recitation section.
  4. We're happy to see students work in small groups on (most) homework assignments, unless the assignment specifically indicates that you should do it alone. If you work in a group, you should submit two (or more) copies of the same answer (with a note indicating that you have done so). If both participants really contribute actively to the exercise, then they may well learn more working together than they would working separately. Of course, if one partner has done much more of the reading, and is responsible for most of the insight, then the other one will not learn very much, and is likely to have problems on the exams. Likewise, if one partner does all of half of the assignment, while the other partner does all of the other half, each misses half of the opportunity to learn -- so don't do this! Finally, as the group size grows, the chances that everyone can participate fully gets smaller, so we would prefer not to see groups larger than three.
  5. As the course introduction indicates, homework counts for 40% of your grade. However, the purpose of the assignments is to give you an opportunity to learn by doing, and we'll give you every opportunity to get as much of the 40% as possible. If you do badly on a particular assignment, and would like to do some sort of make-up or extra credit work to compensate, let us know.

Extra credit homework assignment

In addition to the 9 regular homework assignments, there is an "extra credit assignment." Doing this is optional. If you choose to do it, it is due by Dec. 11, and (unlike in the case of other homework assignments) late submissions will not be accepted.

In terms of grading, up to five points for this extra credit assignment (should you choose to do it) will be added to rest of your homework grades, for a maximum of 40 points. Thus if you happened to get 8 out of 10 on all the homework assignments, then you would get .8*40 = 32 points for your regular homework, and .8*5 = 4 points for the extra credit, for a total of 36 out of 40. If your average on the all the homework assignments were 9.5 out of ten, you would get .95*40 = 38 points for your regular assignments, and .95*5 = 4.75 points for the extra credit, but your total would be the maximum of 40.


Associated lectures Due date
Homework 1 Perspectives and approaches 9/20/00
Homework 2 Prescriptive and descriptive linguistics 9/25/00
Homework 3 Communication: a biological perspective

Homework 4:
Exercises 5,6,8,9
pp. 101-103

Morphology 10/11/00
Homework 5 Pronunciation of English 10/18/00
Homework 6 Syntax 10/25/00
Homework 7 Verse Scansion 11/15/00
Homework 8 Languages of the World 12/04/00
Homework 9
Exercises 2,6,11
pp. 484-488
Language Change (also Fromkin & Rodman chapter 11) 12/11/00
Extra credit (see above) Fromkin & Rodman pp. 412-417 12/11/00







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