Fall 2020 - LING 282W D100

Writing for Linguistics (3)

Communication & Argumentation - LING Theory

Class Number: 2492

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 220.



Develops skills in writing in linguistics while providing a closer look at fundamental concepts of the discipline. As topics examined may vary by term, this course may be repeated once for credit if the topic is different. Writing/Quantitative.


We will explore the foundations of argumentation in the core areas of linguistic analysis (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics). Through discussions and analyses of data sets as well as close readings of research articles, students will learn how to communicate and write about linguistic puzzles and their solutions.

Mode of instruction: Remote
Mode of delivery: Blended (Instruction take place through pre-recorded lectures and all materials available on Canvas, but there are also online meetings for which participation is recommended.)   

Online interactions:      

  • Weekly course meetings à Thursdays 2:30 – 3:00pm       
  • Weekly group discussions à 30-45 minutes; recommended Thursdays 3:00 – 4:00pm                                                             

Office hours       
  • Group drop-in (open Zoom link) à Thursdays 4:00-4:30       
  • Individual office hours à by appointment (held by Zoom or phone)  

Platform(s) used:
Canvas, Zoom

Tech required: Computer with internet access, ideally with microphone and webcam   


  • Practice Writing Exercises 40%
  • Writing Assignments 36%
  • Group Discussions 20%
  • Visit to LDWC 4%


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 (778-782-3112 caladmin@sfu.ca).



No textbook; articles provided on Canvas. Students may need to refer to an introductory textbook in linguistics.

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).