Summer 2019 - LING 220 D100

Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Class Number: 2425

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 15, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    AQ 3003, Burnaby



An introduction to linguistic analysis. Breadth-Social Sciences.


LING 220, an introductory course, explores human language by focusing on the core areas of linguistic science. These areas include phonetics (the production, transmission, and perception of speech sounds), phonology (how speech sounds pattern together), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure), and semantics (meaning in human language). This summer, we will make time to look briefly at something that sounds horrifying, but is maybe the most interesting part of the course: historical linguistics.

I will bring these linguistic concepts into the light on the basis of English. But examples from many different languages will contribute to your better understanding of the variety and complexity of human language. Not only are the differences among languages fascinating, but the similarities are striking, too. We will look at this rich material detail and leave you with something memorable. And that includes a range of analytical skills that will come in handy not only in other linguistics courses, but in a variety of courses across disciplines as well.


  • Assignments 30%
  • Midterm 25%
  • Tutorial attendance 15%
  • Final exam 30%


Please note that tutorials WILL be held during the first week of classes.

NOTE: This course may be applied towards the Certificate in 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
Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.
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Contemporary linguistic analysis: An introduction. 2015. (8th edition). William O’Grady & John Archibald. Pearson: Toronto.  Please make sure you get the 8th edition; Other editions will not work.
ISBN 978-0-134-04679-2 [loose-leaf version, no companion website access code] OR
ISBN 978-0-321-83615-1 [more expensive paperback version, no website access code]
The book can also be purchased with an access code to a companion website where you will find supplementary online materials that expand on the text. You’re not required to use these for LING 220. Some students in the past have found them helpful, others have not. I’ll provide you with everything you need.

In LING 100, different chapters of the SAME textbook are used. Purchase one book and use it in two courses!  

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.