Fall 2019 - LING 323 D100

Morphology (3)

Class Number: 1868

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
    WMC 2220, Burnaby

    Th 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SWH 10051, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    AQ 5037, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.



Word structure in natural languages and its relationship to phonological and syntactic levels of grammar.


Note: Instructor strongly recommends LING 200 or 222 as a prerequisite.

This course examines how complex words are used in natural discourse, providing analytical techniques for studying word patterns. The course will involve problem-solving for data sets from diverse languages, diagnostic criteria for categorizing word patterns, an introduction to alternative theoretical frameworks, and distributional analyses of word patterns in two languages of Canada: English and Anishnaabemowin.


  • Attendance during the first week of class 3%
  • Essay exam 12%
  • Corpus Analysis: English; paper, presentation 30%
  • Mid-term examination 25%
  • Final examination 30%
  • Note: Grading percentages & assignments are tentative.


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 modified descriptions will be used:
Level Four: The writing is marred by only one type of deficiency: it may be thinly developed, repetitive, or weak in overall structure; it may contain unvaried, loose or faulty sentence structure; or 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.

It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.  

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).



None. Required readings will be available through the SFU library, on Canvas in accord with SFU Fair Dealing Policy R30.04, and on a government website.     

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