26-07-2017 2 Textbook and Background Reading - PDFs on moodle 3 4 Texting and surfing in class you are? Do so well in your exams, you will not. Distract your classmates and yourself, you will Cool, it is not.
26-07-2017 3 Mobile phones, laptops etc. • Students are not encouraged to bring laptops to class. A ‘closed laptop’ rule during lecture will be enforced and other communication devices will need to be on ‘silent’ and put away during lectures. • Use pen and paper! Read the textbook (relevant sections or page numbers will be shared on moodle). • The ppts will be shared but… • Use moodle (after class!); talk to your TAs Evaluation and Attendance • Attendance in the first week, institute policy applies. • After that? • Evaluation: • In-class Quizzes (3x10 = 30 marks) • MidSem (30 marks) • Endsem (40 marks)
26-07-2017 4 In class quizzes? • The only time that phones are permitted in class • On quiz days • For 15 minutes What make us human? • Walking on two legs? (Bipeds) • Birds walk on two legs, as can bears • Living in a society? • Ants, bees, marmosets live in societies. • Ability to love and hate? • My pet dog loves me and appears to hate cats.
26-07-2017 5 Language Language is the most massive and inclusive art we know, a mountainous and anonymous work of unconscious generations -- Edward Sapir (Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech, 1921.) Features of Languages • The power of speech appears to be uniquely human, we talk. • Speech vs vocalization (there is no significant animal analogue) • It infuses all of our lives – everyday, in every way. • No matter the literacy levels • No matter the socio-economic or political status • No matter how primitive a people or their society • No matter the intelligence levels • Children become competent users by the time they are 4 years old and entirely fluent by the time they are 10 years old – often in more than one language and in several varieties.
26-07-2017 6 Multilinguals • Swiss- German • French • German • English • Swedish and Italian • French • Latin • Greek • Hebrew • Arabic • Amharic • Sanskrit • Avestan • Pahlavi • Syriac • Persian • Coptic • Ge'ez • … Distribution of languages in the world - Wikipedia 12