Fall 2020 - LING 220 D100

Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Class Number: 2471

Delivery Method: In Person


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The description and analysis of language patterns. Focuses on the structure of sounds, words, sentences, and meaning. Breadth-Social Sciences.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:   Linguistics 220 introduces the complexities of human language by focusing on the core areas of linguistics: phonetics (production, transmission, and perception of speech), phonology (the patterning of speech sounds in language), morphology (word structure and formation), syntax (sentence structure and formation), and semantics (analysis of meaning in language).  

COURSE FORMAT:   Lectures will be recorded to watch at the student’s convenience. Tutorials will be conducted synchronously (live) 1h per week. Additional activities will be posted to Canvas as appropriate.

Synchronous: Instruction takes place through live online lectures, some materials available on Canvas

Tutorials will begin in the first week of classes.

This course will have a Reading Break during the week of October 12 (Thanksgiving week).There will be no synchronous (in real time) classes or tutorials, recordings, exams, or assignments due this week.


  • Participation activities (not attendance) 12%
  • Tests 48%
  • Assignments (5 @ 8% each) 40%


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).



E-textbook (Open Educational Resource), Essentials of Linguistics by Catherine Anderson.
Available at https://essentialsoflinguistics.pressbooks.com  

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).