Spring 2023 - LING 220 D900

Introduction to Linguistics (3)

Class Number: 2849

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    SRYC 5140, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2023
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SRYC 3090, Surrey



Explores how language works. Introduces students to the systematic nature of language by exploring the patterns of sounds, words, sentences and meanings in English and other languages. Develops problem-solving and critical thinking skills through hands-on training in pattern recognition and language data analysis. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sciences.


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). 



  • Participation activities (Not attendance) 10%
  • Midterm exam 25%
  • Assignments (5 @ 7% each) 35%
  • Final exam 30%


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. 





E-textbook (cost-free to students), Essentials of Linguistics, 2nd edition by Catherine Anderson et al. Available at https://ecampusontario.pressbooks.pub/essentialsoflinguistics2/ 



Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

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.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca).

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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