Linguistics 001     Schedule of lectures and readings

(Fall 2002)

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 a sort of on-line textbook, providing 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. There will be one or two of these additional readings each week.

Lecture notes will usually be posted after each lecture, while readings will usually be posted about a week in advance. To see some material in advance, you can look at the Fall 2001 or Spring 2002 editions of the course; we will follow the Fall 2001 syllabus fairly closely, though with different readings and homework assignments, and some significant changes in the lecture notes.

1. Mo 09/09
Introduction to the course  
2. We 09/11
Perspectives and approaches

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

3. Mo 09/16 
Prescriptive and descriptive linguistics
Nunberg G. "The Decline of Grammar". The Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 1983.,
, M. "A War that Never Ends". The Atlantic Monthly, March 1997.
4. We 09/18 
Communication: a biological perspective
Pinker, S. "An instinct to acquire an art". Ch. 1 in The Language Instinct (1994).
Smith, J.M. and E. 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"
5. Mo 09/23 
Communication: philosophical and mathematical perspectives


6. We 09/25 
Basic elements of linguistic form: morphology


7. Mo 09/30 
The sound of linguistic structure: phonetics


8. We 10/02
The structure of linguistic sound: phonology

9. Mo 10/07 
The pronunciation of English

10. We 10/09  
Combining words into phrases: syntax I


11. Mo 10/14 
Formal models of language structure: syntax II

12. We 10/16
Meaning I: semantics


13.  Mo 10/21
Meaning II: pragmatics

We 10/23 

14. Mo 10/28
Language in society: sociolinguistics

15. We 10/30 
Language and gender

16. Mo 11/04 
Linguistic form in art, ritual and play

17. We 11/06 
Language production and perception

18. Mo 11/13 
Brain and language


19. We 11/13
Reading and writing  
20. Mo 11/18 
Child language acquisition


21. We 11/20
Languages of the World

22. Mo 11/25 
Language Change

We 11/27 [Thanksgiving: No lecture]  
23. Mo 12/02
Signed and spoken language

24. We 12/04 
Language technology

25. Mon 12/09
Language and the law

  Final Exam





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