Linguistics 001 Fall 2002 Homework 1 Due Mo 9/23
This assignment assumes understanding of the lecture on Approaches to the study of language.
Below you will find a list of titles of linguistics articles within the last few years. In each case, a link is provided to the paper's abstract and/or full text (note that sometimes the link may not take you to exactly the right spot so you may sometimes have to scan up or down a bit, or follow another link). Even though you may not be able to understand everything in the article or even the abstract, you should be able understand enough in order to answer the questions below.
First, classify each article according to the level(s) of linguistic analysis that are most clearly involved: (one or more of) phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, or pragmatics. A reasonable answer is sometimes something like "this paper deals primarily with morphology while discussing influences from phonology and semantics," or "as a discussion of linguistic nationalism, this paper deals implicitly with all levels of linguistic analysis." In each case, give a brief (one or two sentence) explanation of your reasoning, so that we can give you as much credit as possible even if we disagree with your conclusion.
Then, classify the samelist of titles according to their connections to topics external to language (if any), or the aims of the study. This is an open-ended list including theoretical linguistics, descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, applied linguistics, computational linguistics, neurolinguistics, linguistic typology, anthropological linguistics, biology of language, forensic linguistics, stylistics. You can also choose other categories that you find in the readings or the course lecture notes. Again, there will often be more than one answer, and you should give a brief explanation to help us understand your reasoning and give you as much credit as possible.
the title and abstract will contain words you don't know. If understanding
a particular technical term seems essential to figuring out how to answer
the questions, try searching for the word (perhaps in association with other
related words from the text) on Google, looking it up in on-line dictionaries
or encyclopedias such as those available through the Penn
library web site, or using resources such as these:
If after a modest but reasonable effort you still
find a case puzzling, make your best guess and bring your questions
up in recitation.
Remember that you do not need to read the whole article. Sometimes, you can answer the questions based only on the title. Sometimes you'll need to make reference to information in the abstract. Occasionally you'll need to skim some parts of the full text of the article.
We understand that in the first week of what may be your first linguistics
course, you can't be expected to fully analyze complex technical articles
written by specialists for an audience of specialists.
Note: a few of the links may access restricted online editions of journals to which Penn subscribes, and in this case
it is possible that the links will work from computers at Penn (including
machines in residences, in computer labs, in the library and so on) but not from off campus.
List of Articles: