Fall 2020 - LING 323 D100

Morphology (3)

Class Number: 3555

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.



Word structure in natural languages and its relationship to phonological and syntactic levels of grammar.


- This course examines how complex words are used in natural discourse, providing analytical techniques for studying word patterns. The course will involve problem-solving for data sets from diverse languages, diagnostic criteria for categorizing word patterns, an introduction to alternative theoretical frameworks, and distributional analyses of word patterns in two languages of Canada: English and Anishnaabemowin.
- Because the main course examinations will be at-home essays, the course will work on the effective use of paraphrase and citation to avoid plagiarism.

- Remote. A blend of asynchronous / recorded and synchronous / live online. Platform to be used: Canvas (including Blackboard Collaborate Ultra for audio and video). Each week, handouts (pdfs) and recorded explanations of those handouts will be uploaded to Canvas. Most weeks, on-line live discussion will occur during some of the scheduled hours, including question and answer sessions, group activities, and/or student presentations.
Blended Learning: Instruction takes place through pre-recorded lectures and all materials are available on Canvas, but there are also online meetings for which participation is mandatory.

- The major examinations will be at-home (remote).
         During the semester, the exams will have an 8-hour maximum time for completion that overlaps with the scheduled hours for the class. For example, an examination may be distributed via the internet at 9 am on a Friday and due via the internet at 5 pm that Friday. This will provide additional time to complete a 2 hour examination in case students have unreliable internet access.
         The final exam will be a 3-hour exam scheduled by the registrar and completed at home. If students have internet access challenges during the 3-hour period, they can contact the instructor to request an accommodation/extension.
- The scheduled times for live on-line activities or at-home examinations during the semester will be: Wednesdays 1:30 - 2:20 and Fridays 12:30 - 2:20.
- Technology required: Computer with speakers and word processing software that views and produces pdf documents; Internet access; microphone. Recommended: printer for printing handouts and readings.
- Office hours for 1-on-1 interaction will be available by appointment via telephone or (probably) Zoom.


  • On-line participation 10%
  • Essay examination, description of English 15%
  • Corpus Analysis of English: paper (25%), presentation (5%) 30%
  • Mid-term examination, including argumentation essay 20%
  • Final examination, including description and evaluation essays 25%


To receive a passing grade on any assignment, the quality of writing must be evaluated as at least LPI Level Four. The following modified descriptions will be used:
Level Four: The writing is marred by only one type of deficiency: it may be thinly developed, repetitive, or weak in overall structure; it may contain unvaried, loose or faulty sentence structure; or its word choice may be inaccurate, inappropriate, or unidiomatic (that is, it may use expressions that are not found in standard English usage).
Level Three: Essays are placed at level three if they have many errors in sentence structure and vocabulary, or if they are weak in content and badly organized.  Also placed at level three are essays with a high density of errors in the use of articles, the plurals of nouns, the form and tense of verbs, subject-verb agreement, and the English idiom.

It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

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).



None. Required readings will be available through the SFU library, on Canvas in accord with SFU Fair Dealing Policy R30.04, and on a government website.     

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).