Introduction to the Study of Language
Professor Russell Schuh
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THE HUMAN LANGUAGE SERIES #1
Discovering the Human Language
Colorless Green Ideas
People seen in this film (professional linguists unless otherwise noted):
Mark Aronoff (SUNY-Stony Brook)
Russell Baker (author, essayist)
George Carlin (Humorist)
THE LANGUAGE INSTINCT: INTRODUCTION
The most complex ability and set of
facts that any human being ever acquires
is the (implicit) knowledge of a native
The science of Language
(1) Someone who speaks several languages (a p
January 20, 2016
Class 3 Summary: Syntax
Quiz 2 due Thursday at 6pm
Assignment 2 due Friday at 11:59pm
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January 27, 2016
Class 4 Summary: Morphology
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Quiz 3 due Thursday by 6pm.
Assignment 3 due Friday by midnight.
1. Facts about words
Words are not
a. The smallest units
January 13, 2016
Class 2 Summary: Introduction
Quiz 1 due Thursday at 6pm.
Assignment 1 due Friday at 11:59pm.
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1. What is linguistics?
The science of language; linguists study
GUIDE TO USING DISCUSSION PPT PRESENTATION
WEEK 1 INTRODUCTION
1. Language as an instinct
Slides 3-4: The idea is to show that speakers intuitively know subtle things about their
language without being told and without explicit analysis.
Slide 3: How many
Succession Ch 18
Community changes include increases in species
diversity and changes in species composition.
include increases in
and nutrient retention.
Mechanisms of succession
Populations: distribution and abundance (Chapter 10)
Rarity and extinction
Images show spacing of
nests and wildebeest
migration aspects of
distribution and density
Life in water chapter 3
W hat is different?
density, oxygen, light, no H2O shortage ,
How much water?
71% of Earths surface
Breakdown: ocean 97%; glaciers 2%,
freshwater 1% (1/5 Baikal, 1/5 GL, 1/5 Rift Valley lakes)
How deep is the oc
Water essentials Chapter 6
Gradients of water potential
Terrestrial plants and animals
balance water loss against water
Marine and freshwater animals
regulate water and salt diffusion
depending on osmotic pressure
Precipitation and its timing, and
Temperature Chapter 5
Temperature affects organisms in many ways:
-Directly by affecting metabolism
-Indirectly by changing the habitat
Can you think of ways how temperature
affects organisms via habitat?