Fall 2022 - LING 301W B100

Linguistic Argumentation (3)

Class Number: 3607

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    WMC 3255, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 282W; or LING 222 and any lower division W course.



Advanced study of the styles of written argumentation that are used in linguistic research. Students with credit for LING 301 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Advanced study of the styles of written argumentation that are used in linguistic research. The purpose of this course is to provide instruction on and practice with building and presenting arguments supporting a linguistic claim or theory. This offering of LING 301W will focus on constructed languages (conlangs) like Klingon, Na’vi, or Dothraki. Students will construct linguistic analyses, with an emphasis on presenting such analyses to non-linguists. Writing assignments will undergo both peer evaluation and instructor evaluation with some opportunities for rewriting or revision. Work will be assessed on students’ ability to make and support a linguistic claim, to communicate clearly and effectively, and on degree of improvement over the course of the semester.

The course will be taught in a hybrid format, with in-person meetings Mondays 3:30-4:20pm and an additional two hours of asynchronous instruction each week. All writing and assignments will be submitted online. Access to a computer with an internet connection is required.


MODE OF DELIVERY: In person and online

PLATFORMS USED: Zoom and Canvas

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED: Access to a computer and an internet connection


  • Short writing assignments 30%
  • Long writing assignments 50%
  • Participation 20%
  • No Final Exam


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

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 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