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@ To learn:
what linguistics is;
some basic knowledge in this field;
to think about language as a thing, apart from its everyday uses and meanings, so that we can understand what those uses and meanings are, and how they are achieved;
to examine our beliefs about language, languages, and speakers;
to observe and to analyze, and to write and talk about our observations and analyses.


Nash, Thomas. Discovering Language: An Introduction to Linguistics for Chinese Students. Taipei: The Crane, 1986.
Yule, George. The Study of Language. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996.
Crystal, David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. 2nd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1997.


Grading Policy:

Fall 2006

Spring 2007
Quizzes (4) 42% Quizzes (4) 47%
Report (pairs or trios) 25% Report (pairs) 25%
Exercises (4) 15% Exercises (4) and other assignments 18%
Other assignments 6% Participation andattendance* 10%
Participation andattendance* 12%
*minus 0.5 points each tardy, 1.0 each unexcused absence; if score reaches zero, semester grade will be zero


About your Report...

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Report Topics

Fall 2006

Spring 2007

CCode-switching CQuestions in Chinese morphology
CMandarin in the mouths of nonnative speakers CThe syntax of spoken language
CGestures CInterpersonal meaning
CComputer-mediated communication CBorrowed words
CCell phone talk  

Topic Descriptions

Fall 2005

Spring 2006

Student Sample Report

Sample Report 1 (Pauses)

Sample Report 2 (Code-switching)

Sample Report 3 (Code-switching)

Sample Report 4 (Mandarin sounds in the mouths of non native speakers)