English 256: Introduction to Linguistics

Instructor: Dr. Lynn Gordon
Office: Avery 347
Email Address: gordonl@wsu.edu
Telephone: (509) 335-2117/(509) 332-2591
Office Hours: TuTh 1:30-2:30

Class Announcements

  • Answers to the Sample Final Exam
    Sample answers to the sample final exam are now posted (#14) on the Course Materials page.
    Posted Dec 7, 2013, 1:32 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Extra-Credit Quiz
    I have sent a copy of the extra-credit quiz to you all at the e-mail address the university has for you.  If you haven't received a copy by midafternoon on Tuesday, please e-mail me and I'll send you another.  The quiz will be due by 9 am on Sunday morning. Good luck!
    Posted Nov 26, 2013, 1:26 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Final Exam
    The sample final exam is available on the Course Materials page.
    Posted Nov 25, 2013, 9:42 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Homework due before class on Thursday, 14 November
    Exercises 7, 11, 12, 14, 17, and 18 on pp. 263-5 in the textbook are due in the Dropbox before class on Thursday, 14 November.
    Posted Nov 7, 2013, 4:14 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Prep for Thursday, 7 November, class
    Be prepared to discuss exercises 7, 8 and 10-12 from chapter 5.
    Posted Nov 6, 2013, 9:12 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Today's Quiz
    Posted Oct 31, 2013, 10:56 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Syntax Quiz Next Thursday (Halloween)
    The class will meet in a Google Hangout -- so make sure that you have access to a computer with internet access and the right software.  I will send out invitations to the hangout at 10am.  I will answer any questions about syntax you may have and give an on-line quiz.    
    Posted Oct 24, 2013, 1:26 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Syntax Homework
    The new homework assignment is exercises 1-4 pp.  214-216 in the textbook.  This homework will also require the use of the materials from the A Linguistics Workbook which are found on the Course Materials page.  

    The homework is due before class on Tuesday, 29 October.
    Posted Oct 23, 2013, 9:29 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Practice Phonology Problems
    A handout with practice phonology problems has been posted on the Course Materials page.
    Posted Oct 8, 2013, 8:15 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Phonology Homework Assignment
    The homework assignment (due before class on Tuesday, 15 October) is exercises 1-4 at the end of chapter 4 (pp. 144-146).
    Posted Oct 8, 2013, 8:13 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Reminder: Phonetics Quiz in Class Thursday, 3 October
    The phonetics quiz will require transcription, identifying symbols by giving a phonetic description and giving symbols for providing phonetic symbols.
    Posted Oct 2, 2013, 5:55 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Plans for the next week
    Before class on Thursday, 26 September: Homework (exercises 2-8 at the end of the phonetics chapter) due

    Plan for Thursday: Go over homework and practice transcription

    Plan for Tuesday: Phonetics Quiz + start discussing phonology
    Posted Sep 24, 2013, 8:28 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Reminder: Quiz 2 on Tuesday, 17 September
    Remember the next quiz will happen during the next class and will cover inflectional morphology and word trees (like the last homework).  Then we'll start talking about phonetics!
    Posted Sep 16, 2013, 12:27 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Morphology Homework #2
    The new morphology homework is posted on the course materials page and linked here as a pdf and downloadable here as a docx file.  It is due before class on Thursday, 12 September.
    Posted Sep 5, 2013, 5:20 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Morphology Homework #1 and First Quiz
    (1) The answers to the first homework are linked to the Course Materials page.  The pdf answer sheet is password protected (with the Dropbox password).

    (2) The first quiz is scheduled for Thursday's class.  The quiz will ask you to do the same kind of things we've been doing in class and on the homework.  It will also include a couple of English words to draw trees for.
    Posted Sep 3, 2013, 10:39 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • First Morphology Assignment
    Turn in your homework as an electronic copy in the Dropbox (linked above) by class time Tuesday, 3 September, and bring a copy to take notes on in class.

    Assignment: Language chapter 2 exercises 6-11 (pp. 60-62)

    Plus the following:

    IA. Identify all the morphemes in each set below.  
    B. Identify the morphological processes operating in each set to derive the more morphologically complex member of each pair. 
    C. Identify the general function of each process. 
    D. Discuss anything semantically unpredictable about any of the derived forms in each set. 

    Cebuano (Philippines) 
    bisaya     ‘a Visayan’  
                      binisaya     ‘the Visayan language’ 
    inglis       ‘an Englishman’ 
            ininglis       ‘the English language’ 
    tagalog    ‘a Tagalog person’ 
         tinagalog    ‘the Tagalog language’ 
    ilokano   ‘an Ilocano’  
                    inilokano   ‘the Ilocano language’ 
    sibwano  ‘a Cebuano’  
                   sinibwano  ‘the Cebuano language’

     Cahuilla (Southwest American Indian)


    Posted Aug 27, 2013, 8:16 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • For Tuesday, 27 August
    Please remember to have read chapters 1 and 2 of Language before class.  Be ready to ask any questions you may have during class.  

    If you haven't already, please fill out the student information form at https://sites.google.com/site/256f13/student-info.  If you aren't sure whether you've filled out the form, check the class list page at https://sites.google.com/site/256f13/class-list.  If you have filled out the form, your name will appear on that list. 
    Posted Aug 25, 2013, 4:17 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Welcome and first assignment
    Welcome to the website for English 256: Introduction to Linguistics (WSU, Fall 2013).

    Assignment #1: By class time on Thursday, 22 August, please fill out the student information form (link on the navigation bar above.)
    Posted Aug 17, 2013, 2:11 PM by Lynn Gordon
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