Fall 2017 - LING 301W D100

Linguistic Argumentation (3)

Class Number: 3175

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

    We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 222 and any lower division W course.



Advanced study of the styles of written argumentation that are used in linguistic research. Students with credit for LING 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


This course has two primary purposes: (i) to provide students with a critical and comparative survey of some of the different types of empirical and theoretical argumentation that are used in linguistic research; and (ii) to provide students with extensive practice in the styles of written argumentation that are typical in these areas and are required for advanced study in linguistics. In this offering of LING 301W, syntactic and discourse-pragmatic aspects of language will be emphasized. Classes will consist of lectures, discussions, and in-class writing.  


  • Four W-Intensive Papers (5% draft, 10% final) 60%
  • Non-W Assignments 15%
  • Quizzes 15%
  • In-Class Essay Examination (Week 2) 5%
  • Attendance 5%
  • No Final Exam


Note: To receive a passing grade on any assignment, including in-class writing, the quality of writing must be evaluated as at least LPI Level Four. The following descriptions of LPI levels will be used:
Level Four: The writing is marred by one or another of a fairly wide range of deficiencies: it may be thinly developed, repetitive, or weak in overall structure; it may contain unvaried, loose or faulty sentence structure; its word choice may be inaccurate, inappropriate, or unidiomatic (that is, it may use expressions that are not found in standard English usage).
Level Three: Essays are placed at level three if they have many errors in sentence structure and vocabulary, or if they are weak in content and badly organized. Also placed at level three are essays with a high density of errors in the use of articles, the plurals of nouns, the form and tense of verbs, subject-verb agreement, and the English idiom.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.
Please note that a grade of “FD” may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.
Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca).



Tallerman, M. (2014) Understanding Syntax 4th edition. Routledge. 

Additional required readings will be available.  

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html