Note: The course is typically taught as an interactive discussion. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to work well via Zoom. Please, be patient, ask questions (via microphone and/or chat), provide feedback.
|e-mail for homework etc:||Jirka.LastName@gmail.com (start the email's subject with NPFL063)|
|Office hours:||Friday 9:00-9:25 + by appointment|
|Place||Zoom (details were be sent by SIS email)|
The course will help students to get familiar with the fundamental features of human language, its structure and development, its place in the society, etc. It also introduces linguistics as a science, its history and methodology, with focus on structural linguistics.
The course is taught in English. I will repeat in Czech anything that you don't understand. All course materials (slides, readings, web pages, etc) are in English. Homework, the final exam and the paper can be submitted in English, Czech/Slovak.
Readings (when assigned) are to be read before class. Some of the readings will not be covered in class, but homework and exams will assume that you have read them all.
In most cases, the assigned reading will be from the following (the Library has several copies of the books):
On some classes, homework will be assigned. Unless specified otherwise, it will be due by the beginning of the the following class. If it is reasonably easy to type it in a textprocesor, send it by e-mail as an attachment (use PDF, MS Word or plain text). Otherwise you can email a scan or bring it to class. Please write legibly.
When emailing, use the following subject "NPFL063 HW >
You can use English or Czech/Slovak.
It is a good idea to work on homework in a group of two or three people (write who you worked with at the top of the page). However you have to write it up individually, in your own words. Each homework assignment will be graded on a scale 0-100%. Incorrect answers are better than no answers.
|[HW 1 - phonology]||Nov 15 (the day before class)|
|[HW 2 - Trees]||Dec 6 (the day before class)|
|[HW 3 - Imported NP clusters||Dec 13 (the day before class)|
|[HW 4 - Implicature in Ads]||Before grade|
You will create a wikipedia-like article on a selected linguistic topic. Consider writing about something that can be useful for your thesis. You can use English or Czech/Slovak. See this page for more details see.
|Your selected topic for approval||5||Nov 8|
|Half a page summary (can be bullets), 5+ reliable sources||5||Nov 30||Google docs / cloud version of MS Word 365 / plain text by email|
|Draft version - I will provide feedback||10||Jan 10||Google docs / cloud version of MS Word 365|
|Final version||10||10 days before you want a grade||Google docs / cloud version of MS Word 365|
There will be an in-class final exam. You can bring and use any notes or literature, but you have to work on your own.
You can use English or Czech/Slovak. Even mixing the languages is allowed (e.g., using English terminology in Czech sentences).
"Active participation" refers to your comments and questions during class, your answers to my questions, etc. I do not keep track of whether your answers, etc. are correct, but simply whether or not you participate.
If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to get reliable notes from a fellow student.
You need to submit all homework assignments, the article and final to get a grade.
|Active class participation||0-10|
Late submissions are automatically penalized in the following way:
|Homework||up to one week late||20%|
|more than one week late||80%|
|Article||one week late||20%|
|more than one week late||50%|
However, if you see you cannot meet a deadline, talk to me about it before the deadline and most likely we can find a later deadline when you can submit without any penalty.
The schedule below is preliminary and can slightly change. If I update a handout, I will add the date of the update in parentheses.
|Oct 5||Introduction||[slides] [handout]|
|Oct 12||Animal Communication||[handout]|
|Oct 19||Phonetics||[handout]||Fromkin Ch 6|
|Nov 2||Phonology||[handout]||Fromkin Ch 7|
|Nov 9||Morphology||[handout] [slides]||Fromkin Ch 3||paper topic deadline (Nov 8)|
|Nov 16||Morphology||HW 1 due (Nov 15)|
|Nov 23||Syntax||[slides] [handout]||Fromkin Ch 4|
|Nov 30||Syntax / Linguistic theories||[GB slides] [DG slides]||paper summary deadline|
|Dec 7||Semantics / Pragmatics||
|HW 2 due (Dec 6)|
|Dec 14||Historical Linguistics / Psycholinguistics||
|Fromkin Ch 12||HW 3 due (Dec 13)|
|Jan 4||Exam||paper draft deadline (Jan 10)|