L103

Calendar

Calendar

The entry for each week includes links to the lectures (PowerPoint files), links to the readings in the Web textbook, How Language Works, and assignments. The homework and exams will be posted on Annotate; exact due dates will be found there.

Links to lectures will often not be available till the morning of the lecture, but there is no reason for you to access these beforehand. Readings and homework will normally be posted at least a week in advance.


Mon Wed
Week 1 13 Jan 15 Jan
Unit Introduction
Lectures

Introduction to the course

What linguists do, dialects and languages

Readings

L103 procedures

L103 coursework

The book

What linguists do

What linguists don't do

Dialects and languages

Assignments Homework 0
Week 2 20 Jan 22 Jan
Unit MLK Day Introduction
Lectures

What linguists don't do

Readings

Themes

Why study linguistics

Assignments Homework 1
Week 3 27 Jan 29 Jan
Unit Word meaning
Lectures

Course themes

Reference

Word senses and semantic extension

Readings

Overview of word meaning

Reference

Categories

Assignments Homework 2
Week 4 3 Feb 5 Feb
Unit Word meaning
Lectures

Language differences, dimensions,
and deixis

Review of meaning

Readings

Word senses

Metaphor and metonymy

Deixis

Language differences

Learning meaning

Assignments Homework 3
Week 5 10 Feb 12 Feb
Unit Word form
Lectures

Review of level-1 topics

Phonemes

Iconicity and vowels (1)

Readings

Overview of word forms

Phonemes

Iconicity

Vowels

Assignments Exam 1
Week 6 17 Feb 19 Feb
Unit Word form
Lectures

Iconicity and vowels (cont.)

Consonants

Readings

English consonants

Consonants in other languages

Assignments Homework 4
Week 7 24 Feb 26 Feb
Unit Word form
Lectures

Consonants (2)

Syllables

Readings

Syllables

Assignments Homework 5
Week 8 3 Mar 5 Mar
Unit Word form
Lectures

Overview of contexts, distribution, allophones, assimilation

Phonetic contexts

Readings

Overview of phonological processes

Phonetic contexts

Assimilation

Phonological distribution

Assignments Homework 6
Week 9 10 Mar 12 Mar
Unit Word form
Lectures

Assimilation

Phonemes and allophones

Accent and language differences

Readings

Learning phonology

Phonological change

English accents

Phonology in the wild

Assignments Exam 2
Spring Break
Week 10 24 Mar 26 Mar
Unit Composition
Lectures

Attributes, attribution

Noun + noun phrases, ambiguity

Compositionality and idiomaticity

Readings

Overview of composition

Attributes and attribution

Modification

Compositionality

Assignments
Homework 7
Week 11 31 Mar 2 Apr
Unit Sentences
Lectures

Phonology briefly revisited

States and events

Schemas and semantic roles

Readings

Overview of sentences

States and events

Semantic roles and situation schemas

Assignments
Make-up exam 1
Week 12 7 Apr 9 Apr
Unit Sentences
Lectures

Schemas and semantic roles (cont.)

Syntactic roles

Readings Constituency

Subjects

Assignments Homework 8
Week 13 14 Apr 16 Apr
Unit Sentences
Lectures

Syntactic roles

Syntax-semantics mappings, morphemes

Readings

Direct objects

Adjuncts

Assignments Exam 3 Homework 9
Week 14 21 Apr 23 Apr
Unit Grammatical categories
Lectures

Morphemes

Review of composition

Grammatical categories

Readings

Overview of grammatical categories

Kinds of morphological combination

Grammatical categories and NPs

Grammatical categories and verbs

Assignments Homework 10
Week 15 28 Apr 30 Apr
Unit Grammatical categories
Lectures Review for Exam 4

Review for Make-up Exam 2

Grammatical categories

Readings
Assignments Exam 4 Make-up exam 2
Finals Week 5 May 7 May

Level-1 review session

Final exam, 8-10:00am

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