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Unformatted text preview: SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY / Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures Linguistics for Foreign Languages (main session)
FL 325-01 / M 16:10 – 18:55 @ HUM 133 Syllabus FALL 2009 Course Objective and Overview FL 325 Linguistics for Foreign Languages is an introduction to contemporary linguistic theory and methods for students of
foreign language. Special emphasis will be placed on structures, features and processes in Chinese, French, Italian,
Japanese, Spanish and others concentrations offered by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Key concepts
of linguistic science will be presented in ways both enlightening and accessible to students studying foreign language. With
this background knowledge, foreign language students will better understand and appreciate how language works and why it
is relevant to their study of specific languages. [NOTE: FL 325 is a core requirement for majors in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish -see prerequisites below for individual languages] Course Content The course will center on language structure and methods of linguistic analysis, familiarity with which will enable students to
pursue further research in their foreign language of choice. The course will begin with an overview of the nature of human
language, followed by lectures on phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. Assigned readings in semantics,
sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language classification, and first and second language acquisition will further serve to
provide a broader base for understanding linguistic phenomena. The curriculum will be capped with a series of breakout
sessions with target-language instruction by separate instructors in individual groups to further allow students to master key
elements and discuss central issues in each individual language. Prerequisites Prerequisites vary according to language of study (major/minor), as listed below. For further information, contact breakout
session instructor for language concerned. Those who wish to have prerequisites waived must bring written consent from
language program coordinator or breakout session instructor. (NOTE: If you do not possess the needed prerequisites but still enroll in the
class, by the time it is discovered during the breakout sessions, it will be too late to withdraw without receiving a “w” grade) CHINESE
SPANISH CHIN 311 or CHIN 312 (may be taken concurrently with either course)
FR 205, FR 215 and FR 216. FR 301 recommended as well as another upper division course such as
FR 305 (NOTE: FR 305 may be taken concurrently)
Completion of ITAL 104.
Completion of JAPN 301 and JAPN 302
SPAN 216, SPAN 301 and SPAN 305 (NOTE: SPAN 305 is recommended and may be taken concurrently) Instructional Methods
• Main lectures are given in English, and reading materials for the main session will be in English.
During the 3-week breakout session, students are divided into language-specific groups taught in
the target language, in each of which a linguist will lead students to analyze issues specific to that
• Instruction and reading materials for the breakout sessions may be in the target language, for which
reason students must possess at least intermediate level proficiency (see prerequisites) in one of
the target languages offered.
Class announcements and weekly assignments will be given online via iLearn (ilearn.sfsu.edu).
Students must register with iLearn and be familiar with iLearn use (see ONLINE MATERIALS section
Video presentations on the nature of human language will be shown throughout the semester.
Midterm and final examinations will be given in class. Instructors
MAIN Chris Wen-Chao Li (HUM 338, (415) 338-1034, firstname.lastname@example.org)
(Email is preferred mode of communication; please do not leave voicemail) Office Hours: MWF 13:10-14:00, W 19:00-20:00
1 Breakout Sessions
SPANISH Chris Wen-Chao Li (HUM 338, (415) 338-1034, email@example.com)
Office Hours: MWF 13:10-14:00, W 19:00-20:00
Delphine Perret (HUM 535, (415) 338-6061, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office Hours: Tu 12:30-13:00; 15:30-17:30; Thu 12:30-13:00 and by appointment
Christopher Concolino (HUM 459, (415) 338-3161, email@example.com) / with Elisabetta Nelsen (HUM
476, (415) 338-7413, firstname.lastname@example.org); Office Hours: Concolino: M 09:00-10:00 & 15:00-16:00; W
09:00-10:00; F 15:00-16:00; Nelsen: [To be announced]
Makiko Asano (HUM 463, (415) 338-1131, email@example.com))
Office Hours: M 13:30-15:20; W. 13:40-14:40
Mike Hammer HUM 554, (415) 338-1658, firstname.lastname@example.org) / Edwin Williams (HUM 554, (415)
338-1658); Office Hours: Hammer: MWF 15:00-16:00; Williams: [To be announced] Grading Policy
GRADE DISTRIBUTION MAIN SESSION (80%) BREAKOUT SESSION (20%) Attendance & participation (5%)
Online assignments (35%)
Midterm examination (20%)
Final Examination (20%)
(content to be determined by breakout session instructor – 20%) GRADE CONVERSION
100~94 93~90 89~87 86~84 83~80 79~77 76~74 73~70 69~67 66~64 63~60 59~0
-- CR/NC [no more than 30%]
Credit (CR) undergrad
No Credit (NC) undergrad
--CR/NC [no more than 30%]
Credit (CR) graduate
No Credit (NC) graduate
[NOTE: Additional semester average requirements apply: Graduates → “B”3.0 or higher; undergraduates → “C”2.0 or higher] Textbook O’Grady, William; Archibald, J.; Arnoff, M.; & Rees-Miller, J. 2005. Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction (5th edition).
New York: Bedford St. Martin. (NOTE: It is essential that you get the 5th edition of this book, as older editions may be lacking in content that will be covered in class. Pros and cons of this textbook discussed at: <http://ling.nccu.edu.tw/RedBug/tjl/volume6-1/04.htm>) Study Strategies 1. BEFORE EACH LECTURE
– Class handout (browse for topics and main ideas)
– Assigned textbook readings (skim)
2. DURING THE LECTURE
– Listen to understand (no need to write everything down, as powerpoint outline will be available for download after class)
– Ask questions (if you do not understand)
3. IMMEDIATELY AFTER LECTURE (Monday evening or Tuesday)
– Class notes and PPT outline (download PPT outline from iLearn)
– Assigned textbook readings (thorough reading)
– (Optional: Use workbook for review)
– If you don’t understand:
– Minor point (short question) --> email the instructor
– Major point (long question or lots of questions) --> office hours
4. ONLINE ASSIGNMENT
– Initial attempt (Monday or Tuesday): comprehension check to see what you do and don’t understand. If there are aspects you don’t understand:
– Minor point (short question) --> email the instructor
– Major point (long question or lots of questions) --> office hours
– Final attempt(s) (before 4 PM Friday): to secure a good grade
– Done --> Start preparing for the following week’s lecture. Weekly Assignments
• All weekly assignments are given online and graded by computer.
Assignment are due at the following times each week:
Recommended time of completion is 5:00 PM Friday
Technical cutoff point is 11:55 PM Sunday (day before class)
You will be given 5 attempts to complete the assignment, the highest grade of which will be recorded as your assignment grade.
It is strongly recommended that you start your assignment early in the week (since you have so many attempts, make at least one attempt
early in the week to ensure you get a grade), and by Friday of the due week at the latest.
2 Assignment may take several hours to complete, so start your assignment well before the anticipated deadline.
Instructor support and answers to assignment-related questions will be provided up until 4 PM Friday. After that, you are on your own.
Missed assignments cannot be retaken, whatever the reason. Missed assignments or missed deadlines will result in a grade of zero for the
HOW TO ACCESS:
Open a web browser and go to http://ilearn.sfsu.edu (NOTE: Firefox is the recommended browser for this class. To download Firefox, go to
Enter your SFSU Student ID Number and Personal Access Code (PAC)
Click on the Login button
Click on the course link for FL325 Linguistics for Foreign Language (under Courses)
NOTE: The syllabus (including both main session and breakout sessions), course schedule, handouts, and relevant information will be made
available online at ilearn.sfsu.edu.
Click on the link for the assignment you wish to work on.
Click on the Attempt Quiz Now button.
If you want to save your answers without submitting and continue to work on it later, click on the Save Without Submitting button at the
bottom of the page. When you come back to the site, DO NOT click on the Start Again button (this button will clear all the answers that you
WARNING: If your browser or computer crashes in the middle of an assignment, you will have to start all over again. For this reason, it is strongly
recommended that you:
Not view any other web pages or run any other applications while doing online assignments, as insufficient memory will lead to browser
Use a reliable computer and browser. If your personal computer or browser is prone to unexpected crashes, you may want to do your
assignment at a computer lab on campus, where computers are more reliable, and technical support staff are on duty to answer your
Start your assignment early, so that if you have to start again, you have sufficient time before the deadline to do so.
Please consult your peers before seeking technical support from the instructor. When the instructor cannot be reached, technical support is
available at <ilearn.sfsu.edu/student>.
Online questions and answers may be shuffled for each student, so when asking a question regarding online assignments, make sure to write
out the whole question and all of possible answers, instead of just a question number and (A), (B), (C), (D). Also, if applicable, include the
week and the section number of the question.
When you are satisfied with your answers, click on the Submit All and Finish button.
Assignments cannot be reset. If submitted in error, grades will still be recorded.
ANSWER KEY: An answer key will be made available after 12 midnight Sunday.
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• Other requirements ATTENDANCE
Attendance is mandatory: students must be present at all classes for the full duration of the class. Failure to do so will result an attendance grade
of zero for a given week, which will affect the cumulative attendance and participation grade (5% of semester grade) for the course.
For an absence to be excused, student must produce compelling evidence of the gravity or unforseeability of the event causing the absence. The
instructor will have the ultimate say in deciding whether or not to accept a student's excuse. Simply declaring that you will not be able to come to
class without giving a valid reason will not count as an excused absence. Uncompelling reasons such as "personal business" or "stuff to take care
of" are not acceptable.
Midterm (10/19) and final examination (12/14) dates are non-negotiable. Students will not be allowed to reschedule exams missed due to
Students are expected to review class content and complete assigned readings after class, and complete online assignment by the
recommended completion date (5 PM Friday).
Keep in mind that class content is cumulative, and inability to follow prior content will affect comprehension and learning at the next level. If you
have trouble following, see the instructor during office hours.
• Eating and drinking is not allowed in HUM 133 (Please inform the instructor if you need to eat or drink in class due to medical reasons)
Please turn off all cellular phones, pagers, and other devices that may interrupt the class.
Questions are welcome during lectures, but:
Questions relating to class content are welcome at any time during the class. Feel free to interrupt the instructor if you feel a point that is
being made needs further clarification.
Questions of a personal nature (e.g., cannot come to class on a particular date; need to leave early etc) should be discussed with
instructor during office hours. Do not use class time or approach instructor before class to talk about personal issues, as it will lead to
class delays and take up the time of other students.
No impressionistic grades:
Final semester grade will be the weighted average of grades for tests, assignments and other evaluated performances, as printed in syllabus. No
changes will be made to the averaged grade, with the exception of class-wide curves or grading errors.
No individual exceptions:
No changes will be made to final grade based on personal or extraneous reasons. Except in the case of clerical errors, no changes will be made at
the individual level.
Occasionally, when evidence is produced, absences and lateness may be excused in consideration of unforeseeable tragedy, but only in the most
limited sense. Personal tragedy, in and of itself, will not be taken into consideration in test and assignment grading, and will not be accepted as
justification for grade modifications. Unforeseeable tragedy, unfortunate as it may be, is outside of the scope of academic performance, and thus
does not serve to earn grades.
Grades, as stated in syllabus, will be based strictly on academic performance, and will in no way reflect shared views and tastes with the instructor
or your friendliness (or lack thereof) with the instructor on a personal level.
3 • Intellectual diversity:
The purpose of the class it not to brainwash -- intellectual diversity is encouraged. Students need not share the same views on issues as those
presented in class, but must show familiarity with and take into account arguments given in class materials before doing so, and must formulate
rational arguments based on objective evidence. SPECIAL NEEDS
The instructor will endeavor to make any reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities (must get proof of status from the Disabilities
Program and Resource Center – see http://www.sfsu.edu/~dprc), and, with advance notice, will make accommodations for students to observe
religious holidays when such observances require the student to be absent from class activities.
Students will be penalized for academic dishonesty in any form, including but not limited to plagiarism, cheating in tests, giving false justification for
absences and lateness, and the deliberate spread of misinformation to influence grading. Depending on the severity of the situation, penalties may
range from a no credit in an assignment or test to failure of the course, and may be reported to the Dean of the College of Humanities and the
University Judicial Affairs Officer for further action. See <http://www.sfsu.edu/~collhum/plagiarism.html> for further details. Tentative Schedule*
WK DATE LECTURE CONTENT S ASSIGNMENTS & REQUIRED READINGS (after class) (NO CLASS)
READ: O’Grady pp.1-12
2 0831 •
Introduction to linguistics;
Wk 3 Online Assignment
[FILM: Human Language Series (I)]
3 0907 LABOR DAY (NO CLASS)
(Last day to add or drop 9/11)
• • 4 5 0914 • 0921 • READ: O’Grady pp.15-37
o places or articulation;
o manners of articulation;
o phonation types;
o phonetic symbols (IPA symbols)
Wk 4 Online Assignment
READ: O’Grady pp.37-52
o vowel qualities;
o IPA phonetic symbols for vowels
Wk 5 Online Assignment
READ: O’Grady pp.52-71
Wk 6 Online Assignment
READ: O’Grady pp.72-91
MEMORIZE: Feature matrix for the sounds of
Wk 7 Online Assignment •
• READ: O’Grady pp.91-101
READ: O’Grady pp.111-142
Wk 8 Online Assignment Phonetics (1) Phonetics (2) •
• (Last day to add with permit 9/22) 6 0928 • Phonology (1) 7 1005 • Phonology (2) •
• 9 Phonology (3)
Morphology Midterm Examination
1019 (Last day to change to CR.NC 10/20) •
• (No online assignment for this week)
Closed book / 1 page handwritten notes
Bring pencil / clipboard / student ID 10 1026 NO CLASS (Mandated furlough) Breakout Session:
13 1116 LANGUAGE-SPECIFIC instruction N/A
• READ: O’Grady pp.555-586
(Chap. 17: Animal Communication) • READ: O’Grady pp.361-397
(Chap. 11: First Language
Acquisition) • READ: O’Grady pp.531-553
(Chap. 16: Writing & Language) • READ: O’Grady pp.485-529
(Chap. 15: Sociolinguistics) • READ: O’Grady pp.245-289
(Chap. 7: Historical Linguistics) • READ: O’Grady pp.291-324
(Chap. 8: Language Classification)
READ: O’Grady pp.201-244
(Chap. 6: Semantics) •
• [Budget-cut cost-saving measure] 11 1102 ADDITIONAL READINGS (after class) (see language-specific syllabus & schedule)
(see language-specific syllabus & schedule)
(see language-specific syllabus & schedule) (Last day to withdraw w/o documentation 11/19) 14 1123 THANKSGIVING BREAK (NO CLASS) (No online assignment for this week)
READ: O’Grady pp.151-177
15 1130 •
Wk 15 Online Assignment
READ: O’Grady pp.177-182
Wk 16 Online Assignment
FILM: Human Language Series (II)] •
Closed book / 1 page handwritten notes
17 1214 Final Examination
Bring pencil / clipboard / student ID •
• READ: O’Grady pp.399-434
(Chap. 12: L2 Acquisition) •
• NOTE: The schedule above is tentative and is subject to change due to student needs, class delays, holidays, and the introduction of additional course
material. Assignments and quizzes are not limited to those listed in the tentative schedule: the instructor may make adjustments to respond to special
circumstances or add assignments tailored the specific needs of students in the class.
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2011 for the course FL 325 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at S.F. State.
- Spring '11