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    Lcd 116  the structure of english words 2012 fall term (1)  (queens college)syllabus Lcd 116 the structure of english words 2012 fall term (1) (queens college)syllabus Document Transcript

    • Queens College Structure of English Words LCD116 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ toneill@gc.cuny.edu Page 1 of 1 THE STRUCTURE OF ENGLISH WORDS – COURSE SYLLABUS Instructor: Teresa O’Neill Email: toneill@gc.cuny.edu Office: KS-352 Office Hours: 12:30 - 1:30, W & F COURSE DESCRIPTION: What’s in a word? This course takes a linguistic (that is, scientific) approach to the study of English words. What is a possible word? What isn’t? Is there any internal structure to words? What counts as one word, and what as two? How do words come to mean what they do? What are words made of? What rules constrain word formation and word use? How are English words different from words in other languages? How can we use the scientific method to answer these questions? COURSE OBJECTIVES: By the end of the semester, students should be able to: • Define the word word. • Understand the difference between natural language systems and writing conventions. • Treat language data as objects to be analyzed. • Describe linguistic properties of words, including phonology, morphology, semantics, and history. • Explain some patterns in both synchronic and diachronic word-formation. • Represent English words in the International Phonetic Alphabet; • Predict the properties of new words, and determine the causes of death of old ones. • Compare some properties of English words to those of words in other languages. REQUIRED TEXTS: Harley, Heidi. 2006. English Words: A linguistic introduction. Wiley-Blackwell. (ISBN: 978-0-631-23032-8) Additional handouts and reading assignments will be made available electronically on Blackboard. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION: Active participation will account for 20% of your grade in the course. It is measured by regular attendance, participation in whole-class and group activities, and completion of in-class exercises, which will be checked at the end of class meetings. Attendance at every class meeting is strongly recommended. Three absences are excused, regardless of the reason. Do not submit paperwork or excuse notes; they are irrelevant. Each late arrival (more than ten minutes late) will count as half an absence. To participate fully, you must bring the text to class every day. In addition, it is your responsibility to print all handouts and assignments.
    • Queens College Structure of English Words LCD116 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ toneill@gc.cuny.edu Page 2 of 2 READING: To succeed in this course, you must read. You are expected to have read the material by the beginning of the class indicated on the course calendar. HOMEWORK: Homework assignments are opportunities for you to practice the material covered in class. Homework assignments will generally be collected electronically (via Blackboard) and reviewed during class. Some homework assignments will be similar to open-book quizzes, to be completed outside of class. You may discuss homework assignments with classmates, but all submissions must be individual. Late assignments will not be accepted; however, you may choose two assignments to skip without penalty. TESTS: You will take three tests. Together, these tests account for 60% of your grade. POLICIES: You are expected to adhere to the standards of academic honesty. No collaboration is allowed on tests. Homework submissions may be discussed in groups, but submissions must be individual. Electronic devices must be turned off during the entire class period, unless you are using online materials associated with the course. Make-up tests, offered at the instructor’s discretion, must be requested at least three days in advance and may only be taken during the same week as the test. Extra credit may be offered in the form of bonus questions on tests. Do not request additional extra credit. EVALUATION: Active Participation 20% Homework 20% Test 1 20% Test 2 20% Test 3 20% Total 100% GRADING SCALE: 93 – 100 A 87 – 89 B+ 77 – 79 C+ 65-69 D 92 – 90 A- 83 – 86 B 73 – 76 C 0-64 F 80 – 82 B- 70 – 72 C- CUNY POLICY ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Academic dishonesty is prohibited in the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension, and expulsion as provided here. ADA STATEMENT Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide
    • Queens College Structure of English Words LCD116 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ toneill@gc.cuny.edu Page 3 of 3 documentation to the Special Services Office, Kiely 171; (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating what kind of accommodation is needed. This should be done during the first week of class. For more information about services available to Queens College students, contact Pratik Patel, Special Services Office: 171 Kiely Hall; 718-997-5870 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.); pratik_patel@qc.edu. BLACKBOARD This class has an online component, managed using CUNY’s Blackboard server. The Blackboard site for this class will be used to distribute materials, important course-related announcements, homework assignments, and student grades. To access the Blackboard server: • If you already have a CUNY Portal ID, log in. • If you don’t have a CUNY Portal ID, go to the CUNY Portal, and register. • Check your Blackboard profile to ensure that the email address listed is one you check regularly. If you need to update it, go here to make changes. • If you have questions, you’ll probably find answers here.
    • Queens College Structure of English Words LCD116 ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ toneill@gc.cuny.edu Page 4 of 4 COURSE CALENDAR The following course calendar is subject to change. EW = English Words WEEK & DATE TOPIC READING 1. 08/29 09/31 Introduction, Definitions Linguistics as Science Pinker 1994: Ch. 1, Ch. 12; Milroy 1998; EW: 9.11, 9.12 EW: Preface, Ch. 1 2. 09/05 09/07 Phonetics: Anatomy Phonetics: International Phonetic Alphabet EW: 2.1–2.2 3. 09/12 09/14 Phonetics: Consonants Phonetics: Consonants; Vowels EW: 2.3 EW: 2.4 4. 09/19 09/21 History: Grimm’s Law TEST 1 EW: 2.5 5. 09/26 09/28 NO CLASS – YOM KIPPUR Phonology: Allophony EW: 3.8 6. 10/03 10/05 Possible Phonological Words; Syllables Syllables EW: 3.1–3.2 EW: 3.3 7. 10/10 10/12 NO CLASS – MONDAY SCHEDULE Phonotactics; Typology EW: 3.3 8. 10/17 10/19 Stress; Misparsing New Word Formation EW: 3.5, 3.7 EW: 4.1–4.10; Harlow 1998 9. 10/24 10/26 New Word Formation Morphemes EW: Ch. 5.1-5.2 10. 10/31 11/02 Morpheme Structure Morpheme Structure; Morphological Typology EW: Ch. 5.3 11. 11/07 11/09 TEST 2 Allomorphy EW: Ch. 5.5 12. 11/14 11/16 Irregularities Irregularities EW: Ch. 6.1–6.4 EW: Ch. 6.5–6.10 13. 11/21 11/23 Irregularities NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING RECESS 14. 11/28 11/30 Semantics: Function vs. Content, Entailment Argument Structure EW: Ch. 7.1–7.2 EW: Ch. 7.5–7.8 15. 12/05 12/07 Argument Structure Flex Day 16. 12/12 Review 17. TBA TEST 3