LING 5001 – Introduction to Linguistics, Fall 2018
This is the webpage for LING 5001 – Introduction to Linguistics, for Fall 2018! Here's where you'll find the schedule, readings, handouts, and homework assignments.
This course is an introduction to linguistics at a graduate-level. The focus of this class is to learn basic techniques of linguistic analysis, and to learn about the "big issues" that animate research in linguistics. Students should leave with an understanding of how linguistics fits into cognitive science more generally, and the philosophy underlying the generative approach to linguistics, as well as the perspectives of some of its critics.
The first two-thirds of this class will focus on the formal techniques that linguists use to analyze language data, and what these techniques tell us about how language is processed and represented in the mind. The last third of this class will hone in a particular debate on the nature of "syntactic islands", which is the lens through which we will discuss the broader philosophical questions of modern generative linguistics.
HW2: Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics
HW3: Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition, Neurolinguistics
HW4: Debates in Linguistics
Akmajian, Adrian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer, and Robert M. Harnish. 2017. Linguistics: An introduction to language and communication, 7th Edition. Cambridge: MIT Press. ISBN: 9780262533263.
Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: Morphology
Week 3: Phonetics
Week 4: Phonology
Week 5: Syntax (HW1 Due)
Week 6: Semantics
Week 7: Pragmatics
Week 8: Psychology of Language (HW2 & JE1 Due)
Week 9: Language Acquisition
Week 10: Language and the Brain
Week 11: Debates in Linguistics: Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus, Pt. I (HW3 Due)
Week 12: Debates in Linguistics: Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus, Pt. II
Week 13: Debates in Linguistics: Island Constructions, Pt. I (JE2 Due)
Week 14: Debates in Linguistics: Island Constructions, Pt. II
Week 15: (Spillover region) (HW4 Due)
Finals Week: (Squib Due)