IMA 540 – Linguistics Schedule

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Course #: IMA540 – Focused Study II        Title: Linguistics and Expression               Credits: 3

Mode: Course                                            Term: Fall 2014

Instructor: Jill Robbins, Ph.D.                                                                             Student: Tyler Bean

Class Time: Weds. 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Learning Goals:

  • To create a detailed overview of the linguistics field including, but not limited to, universals of language, psycholinguistics, analysis, generative semantics, comparative linguistics, linguistic relativism, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and metaphors & framing.
  • To understand the place and purpose of language in modern society in relation to slang, comprehension, and the separation between written and spoken language.
  • To contemplate the mimetic properties of language and the possibilities for honest expression.

Assignments and schedule:

Weekly/ongoing conferences with instructor; note-taking and/or journaling

Topics Week Readings Exercises/Assignment*
Human Language, Animal Language, Language Universals, Typology, Linguistic Relativism,Morphology 1(8/27) IL Chapter 1: What is Language
Boas (1896)Sapir (1925)
1,3, 4, 6, 11
2 Sept 3 IL Chapter 3: MorphologyWhorf (1956) p. 57-64 4, 5, 7, 8, 10
3 9/10 IL Chapter 12: Writing 9, 10, 11, 12
4 9/17 Greenberg (1974) p. 11 -57 Aspect paper+
Brain and Language, Language and Cognition, Psycholinguistics, 5
9/24
IL Chapter 2: Brain & LanguageSkinner (1980) 7, 8, 9, 13
6
10/1
Ullman & Pinker (2002)
7 10/8 Chomsky (1980)Ullman (2004) Aspect paper+
Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis (part 1), Meaning of Language, Truth, Generative Semantics 8 10/15 Tannen, D. (2005) Ch 2 – 4
9 – 10/24 IL Chapter 5: The Meaning of Language 4, 6, 7, 14, 15
10 – 10/29 Lakoff (1980) Chapters 1-7 (p. 1-34)
1111/5 Tannen (2013) Ch 6. Aspect paper+
Sociolinguistics, Language in Modern Society, Language Change, Computers and Language Analysis 1211/12 IL Chapter 9: Language Processing: Humans and ComputersLabov (1982) Chapters III & IV (optional Ch. I & II.) 2, 3, 4, 7
1311/19 IL Chapter 10: Language in SocietyLabov (2013) Ch. 1-4. 11, 14, 15, 16
1412/3 IL Chapter 11: Language Change 6, 7, 11, 12
(Dec 12) Synthesis Research Paper