Fall 2018 - LING 100 E100

Communication and Language (3)

Class Number: 4731

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Tue, 5:30–8:20 p.m.



A non-theoretical approach to the study of language using examples from a variety of languages. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course introduces the study of language and human communication. Topics to be covered include:
·       the biological basis of human language
·       relations of language to cognition, culture and thought
·       structure in language
·       the neurological basis of language and language disorders
·       language acquisition
·       languages of the world
·       language change
·       human language vs. animal communication
·       evolution of human language
·       language in society
·       writing systems


  • Midterm I 30%
  • Midterm II 30%
  • Midterm III 40%
  • No Final Exam


NOTE: This course may be applied towards the Certificate of Liberal Arts or the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language, but not both.

Linguistics program students cannot count this course towards their breadth requirements unless in joint or double majors, extended minor, or double minors program.

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” (Failed-Dishonesty) 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).



O’Grady and Archibald (eds.) Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction. 8th Edition. Pearson. ISBN 9780 134 046 792

(LING220 will use the SAME textbook)

Additional reading materials and slides will be made available on Canvas.

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