Fall 2019 - LING 100 D200

Communication and Language (3)

Class Number: 1532

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    HCC 1800, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Trude Heift
    1 778 782-3369
    Office: RCB 8123



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


  • Participation 10%
  • Midterm Exam I 25%
  • Midterm Exam II 30%
  • Midterm Exam III 35%
  • No Final Exam


This course may be applied towards the Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language.
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 Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



O’Grady and Archibald (eds.) Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction. 8th Edition. Pearson. ISBN 978-0-13-404679-2  (This textbook is also used in LING 220.)

Additional reading materials will be made available on Canvas.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/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