Summer 2021 - LING 282W D100

Writing for Linguistics (3)

Class Number: 1210

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

    Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM

  • 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 and morphology. 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.

MODE OF INSTRUCTION: Remote instruction, blended

The class will be divided into sections which will meet with the instructor for two hours each week during the scheduled meeting times (M/W 9:30-12:20 PST). Canvas will provide recorded lectures and homework explanations as well as written assignments arranged into a module sequence.


  • Canvas Quizzes 10%
  • Participation (Canvas, office hours, Ling. Writing Centre, etc.) 20%
  • Weekly writing assignments (via Canvas, 2/week, 10 total) 40%
  • Written exam (take-home, via Canvas) 20%
  • Follow-up oral exam (remote via Zoom) 10%


This is an Intersession course: Wednesday May 12 - Monday June 21, 2021.

This course has oral exams from June 22-25.

10% of the seats are reserved for students in an approved Linguistics or Cognitive Science program. This reserve remains in effect until March 28, 2021. After this date, any unfilled reserved spaces will become available to any student meeting the prerequisite(s). This course has an auto wait-list until the end of the first week of classes, students will be added in priority order.



: computer, Internet, microphone, camera



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

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.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).