Linguistics 001     Schedule of lectures and readings

(Fall 2009)

Follow the links in the middle column for lecture notes. In this course, these are notes for the lecture, rather than notes on the lecture, so that they serve as an on-line textbook. As such, they generally provide a larger volume of material than is presented in the lectures. In class, I'll give an overview of the day's topic, and work through examples and sample problems in detail, typically in ways that are not entirely covered in the lecture notes.

The right-hand column provides links to additional course readings. These are articles or book chapters that provide useful background. In many cases, additional links will be provided within the main page of lecture notes.

1. We 09/09
Introduction to the course [introductory video]
2. Mo 09/14
Perspectives and approaches

Miller, George A. "The Scientific Study of Language."
Ch. 1 of The Science of Words. (1991).

3. We 09/16
Prescriptive and descriptive linguistics

Nunberg G. "The Decline of Grammar".
The Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1983.,
Halpern, M. "A War that Never Ends".
The Atlantic Monthly, March 1997.
(Just for fun: "Some kind of grammar, um, strict police"; "Hot Dryden-on-Jonson action"; "Teaching zombie rules"; "Angry linguistic mobs with torches".)

4. Mo 09/21 
Pinker, S. "An instinct to acquire an art".
Ch. 1 in The Language Instinct (1994).

Smith. and Szathmary, The Origins of Life. (1999):
Ch. 2 "The Major Transitions"
Ch 12 "From Animal Societies to Human Societies"
Ch. 13 "The Origin of Language"

(Just for fun: "Can a dog learn a word?"; "The strange, new sight"; "Signs and symbols; words and tools")
5. We 09/23
Communication: philosophical perspectives

[see links in lecture notes]

6. Mo 09/28 
The pronunciation of English


7. We 09/30
Basic elements of linguistic form: morphology

(Just for fun:
"Psycholinguistics in the logging industry"
"All your base are belong to which lexical category?"
"Linguists boycott Intelligent Design hearings"
"Fearful (also nauseous, addictive, dubious, suspicious...) symmetry"
"Not a brillantological invention"
"W's conundrum"
"Euphony and usefulness"
"Cracking down on the Hezbollians"
"Playing with your morphology"

8. Mo 10/05
The sound of linguistic structure: phonetics
9. We 10/07 
The structure of linguistic sound: phonology
10. Mo 10/12  

Syntax I
(lecture slides)

Read & study HW6 (and answers) from 2005
(note that you aren't required to turn this in.)

(just for fun:
"Crash blossoms"
"Fucking shut the fuck up"
"Not propping open the door"
"Insufficient agency"
"He must can parse"
"Adverbial modification at the Supreme Court today"
"Elliptical sin"
"'Passive Voice' -- 1397-2009 -- R.I.P."
"Hot Dryden-on-Jonson action"
"Those who are not authorized are not authorized" )

11. We 10/14 

Syntax II

Beatrice Santorini's Syntax Text , Chap. 2:
"Constituent structure".
Mo 10/19 FALL BREAK  
12. We 10/21
Meaning I: semantics

(Just for fun:
"The reality could not be further from the truth"
"Cannot underestimate" = "must not underestimate?"
"Why are negations so easy to fail to miss?")

13. Mo 10/26
Meaning II: pragmatics
14. We 10/28
Language in society: sociolinguistics
15. Mo 11/02
Language and gender
We 11/04
Midterm (Study guide, 2007 Midterm, answers)
16. Mo 11/09
Linguistic form in art, ritual and play  
17. We 11/11
Patterns and performances in speech and music
[Slides in .ppt form; zip archive including audio files]
(archive is about 27 MB)

(Just for fun:
"ma ko MA ko SA" … "ma MA ku SA"
"Arom on polyrhythms"
"Rock syncopation: stress shifts or polyrhythms?"
"Bembé, Attis, Orpheus")
18. Mo 11/16 
Language production and perception

(Just for fun:
"Reverse English"
"Phonetics quiz"
"Notes from the ESL trauma unit"
"Noi lai and contrepets"
"Get your boyfriend to move it: a speech perception story"
"The doors of infant perception"
"Escher sentences"

19. We 11/18
Brain and language
20. Mo 11/23 
Reading and writing

"The globalization of educational fads and fallacies"
"Reading corruption"
"Mark Seidenberg on the Reading First controversy"

"Ghoti and choughs again"

We 11/25 [Thanksgiving: No lecture]  
21. Mo 11/30
Child language acquisition
22. We 12/02
Languages of the World
Gibbs, W. W. "Saving Dying Languages". Scientific American, August 2002.
"Experiencing language death"
23. Mo 12/07
Language Change
24. We 12/09 
The Language of Law
Justice Antonin Scalia, "Law and Language: Review of 'Law's Quandary'", First Things, Nov. 2005.
Lawrence Solan, "Private Language, Public Laws: The Central Role of Legislative Intent in Statutory Interpretation", Georgetown Law Journal, 93(2), Jan. 2005
Geoffrey Nunberg, "The Book of Samuels", Fresh Air commentary.

"Is marriage identical or similar to itself?"
Th 12/17 Final Exam 12:00-2:00
ANNS 110 & 111





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