Homework assignments will be posted as they become available.
For an idea of what homework assignments may be like, you can look at
the homework page for Ling001 in Fall
2000 or Spring
- There will be a homework assignment due almost every week, except
during the period around the midterm, and at the end of the term, when
the term project will in effect be the homework assignment for the last
few weeks. Thus you can expect 7 homework assignments in the course
of the term. You can ask questions about the current homework in your
recitation section, or by email to the course instructor and/or your
- 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.
- Homework will be given back to you and discussed in the next feasible
meeting of your recitation section.
- 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.
- As the course introduction indicates, homework counts for 30% 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 30% 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.