twist_101_syllabus - INDV101 Language; Spring 2008 Lecture...

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INDV101 – Language; Spring 2008 Lecture Syllabus Page 1 of 6 *The official course syllabus is posted on the course website accessible via INDV101 – LANGUAGE, Lecture Syllabus Dr. Alina Twist Email: Lecture: M/W 9:00-9:50, Social Sciences 100 Phone: Direct : 626-1817, Department : 621-6897 Office Hours: Tuesday 1pm-2pm, Wednesday 10am-11am, or by appointment Office Location: Douglass Building, Room 228 SECTIONS: Office hour, contact information, and section-specific syllabi will be provided by your Section Instructor in your discussion section. It is the student’s responsibility to attend sections and abide by the section-specific syllabus for the section in which he or she is enrolled. Course Website : The official course website is built in the university’s “Desire 2 Learn” (D2L) environment, which can be accessed by logging in at with your university ID and password. Important course announcements and other class materials will be managed on this site, so please check it frequently. ***PLEASE NOTE – The online syllabus will be updated as needed throughout the term, and therefore always supercedes this paper copy. The D2L Course Website is the official repository of all documents for this course. **** Required Textbook : Language Files: Materials for an introduction to language and linguistics, 10 th edition. 2007. Columbus: The Ohio State University Press. Course Description – INDVI01 courses explore the central questions about the nature of human beings, focusing on the individual experience. This course focuses on language, providing a survey of linguistic concepts and methods: communication among animals, physiology of human speech, elementary phonetics, syntax, language and thought, language change, language and the brain. Course Objectives – Successful students will by the end of the semester be able to Create a language – complete with a plausible ‘phonemic inventory’, ‘core vocabulary’, ‘syntax’ and ‘sociolinguistic environment’ – reflecting the actual range of variation of naturally occurring spoken human languages Develop a writing system for this created language. Describe the way in which spoken human language is produced physiologically Identify ways in which human language is biological and innate, as well as ways in which it is culturally shaped and learned via experience Identify the major language families in use today, and intelligently discuss issues related to language endangerment, language status, and linguistic diversity Read and write using (a subset of) the International Phonetic Alphabet Explain the scientific, cultural, and social issues underpinning controversies about human language, specifically: o Is English under threat from other languages? Is it being ruined by poor usage or nonstandard dialects? o
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This note was uploaded on 05/07/2008 for the course INDV 101 taught by Professor Walker during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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