Spring 2023 - LING 282W B100

Writing for Linguistics (3)

Solving Linguistic Puzzles

Class Number: 2706

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Tue, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 220.



Develops skills in language analysis by focusing on reading and writing of linguistic argumentation. Explores the foundations of such argumentation in the core areas of linguistics. Students read and discuss primary literature in linguistics in order to understand how to formulate hypotheses and evaluate them. They also learn how to use writing to construct their own solutions to challenging linguistic problems. Writing/Quantitative.


We will explore the foundations of constructing robust linguistic arguments in the major components of linguistic analysis: Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax. Through the close reading of research articles, students will understand how the logical steps in an explanation are constructed and discover how to compose in writing the explanation of a linguistic pattern. They will also emulate these techniques in their own solutions of linguistic puzzles.



  • Weekly writing assignments (10) 70%
  • Midterms (2) 30%
  • No Final Exam



No textbook; articles provided on Canvas. Students may need to refer to a standard introductory Linguistics textbook.


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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.

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:


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