Ask five native speakers of American English to read aloud the small handout
distributed in class (Northwest Plaza, etc.). They should pause between each of the
three items to give you time to note which vowel they used in the three target words.
of human language
Which signals are arbitrary?
Words and their structure
Word would not work as a minimal unit of
Types of morphemes
free/bound, lexical/functional, etc.
practice: morpheme bingo
How to identify morphemes in a word
Morphemes and allomorphs
In speech, there
Sounds and sound patterns
(about two weeks of material)
How consonant sounds are articulated (ch. 3)
How vowel sounds are articulated
Different sound patterns in different
languages (ch. 4)
How children acquire sounds and sound
shop t chop bed
usual d job
To be precise, a and represent different vowel
sounds, but lets just use a.
Homework 5 survey results
Order of topics and tasks
Some readings or tasks will possibly be due later than indicated here, but probably not earlier. Check the weekly
announcement on Blackboard for details and updates.
Ch. 2: animals and human language
English 320, Introduction to Linguistic Science
MWF 11 11:50
9:30 10:45 RB 290
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of
systematic methods of studying language and to