Fall 2022 - LING 100 D900
Communication and Language (3)
Class Number: 3605
Delivery Method: In Person
Explores the foundations of human language from a variety of perspectives. Young children acquire language effortlessly. How is this possible, and why is it so much more challenging to learn a new language later in life? How does the human brain use complex grammatical systems to communicate? Students will learn new ways to think critically about language and communication. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sciences.
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
MODE OF INSTRUCTION: Face-to-Face
MODE OF DELIVERY: Lectures in Class
PLATFORMS USED: Canvas
- Midterm 1 23%
- Midterm 2 23%
- Midterm 3 24%
- Assignments 20%
- Participation 10%
- No Final Exam
NOTE: 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 with hidden or visible disabilities who 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.
O’Grady and Archibald (eds.) Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction. 8th Edition. Pearson.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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Department Undergraduate Notes:
Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.
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.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
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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