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Intro to Linguistics – Basic Concepts of Linguistics. Jirka Hana – October 2, Overview of topics. • Language and Languages. • Speech vs. Writing. Understanding Language Structure, Interaction, and Variation, Third Ed.: An Introduction to Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics for Nonspecialists. Chapter 9: Historical Linguistics and History of English. The Study of Language: An Introduction. . time e.g. in ; this is called synchronic linguistics.

Oriental linguistic theory is not mentrue, but since the Greek-Roman-Western.

Other theorists, such as Varro and the distae, have not previously been available at all except in out of tions without translation or linguistic commentary. And olars who are well aware of ancient and mediaeval work in language theory, there are many flashes of additional insight, as when the latonic description of meaning is put onto a tree of rily branching distinctions.

Even though no educated person can fully avoid contact with the Stagyrite, somehow linguists often seem unaware of him.

I have, for instance, heard a detailed and serious discussion of the meanings of modern words which paralleled the categories throughout, though apparently the speaker was unconscious of the similarity. Thus it is pointed out that the categories were not regarded by their author as the universal divisions of meaning, but rather as a discussion of meanings found in Greek alone. Since many later students have treated the categories as if intended to be universals, the point er Dinneen puts the is well taken.

Also when, as on page 8 rminology, it is clear entities discussed in the Poetics into m how many basic concepts were recognised, perhaps first, but at least very early, by Aristotle. He pointed out the difference that is found between the language of the people in the abstract and the language of the people as spoken by individuals.

It is also true that Father Dinneen can be sharply and effectively critical on occasion. For instance, the only one of the group that I had had any previous aquainance with, was Thomas of Erfurt.

In spoken languages, what are the basi spee h sounds? How are these sounds arti ulated and ombined?

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What are the basi units of meaning? How are the basi units of meaning ombined into omplex phrases? How are these omplexes interpreted? These questions are surprisingly hard! This introdu tory survey an only brie y tou h on ea h one. One goal of the lass is just to show you why the relatively new s ien e of linguisti s is hallenging and ex iting.

The emphasis will be on methods, and on the stru ture and limitations of the pi ture being developed by re ent theories. Texts: Linguisti s: An introdu tion to linguisti theory. Fromkin ed. Requirements and grades: There will be 6 homework assignments. They will be assigned on Wednesdays and must be given to your TA the following Monday in le ture.

You must do 5 out of the 6 assignments.

Sin e the assignments are also good preparations for the exams, you should do all 6 assignments, and then your best 5 grades will be ounted! The homework will be graded by the TAs and dis ussed in the dis ussion se tions. Sin e there is an extra homework built in to this poli y: no late homework will be a epted. There will be a mid-term exam during the quarter, and an in- lass nal exam. The exams will be analyti problems very similar to those given in the homework.

In le ture, and in these o asional le ture notes, I will be lear about whi h parts of the text you are expe ted to understand ompletely. And when new material is introdu ed in the le ture that is not in the text, I will try to produ e le ture notes about it, for your referen e.

Human language is the most familiar of subje ts, but most people do not devote mu h time to thinking about it. The basi fa t we start with is this: I an make some gestures that you an per eive the marks on this page, or the sounds at the front of the lassroom , and almost instantaneously you ome to have an idea about what I meant.

Not only that, your idea about what I meant is usually similar to the idea of the student sitting next to you. Our basi question is: How is that possible??

Introduction to descriptive linguistics

And: How an a hild learn to do this? The attempt to answer to these questions is traditionally broken into separate parts whi h you may have seen already in the syllabus , for reasons that will not be perfe tly lear until the end of the lass: 1.

A grammar is a speaker's knowledge of all of these 5 kinds of properties of language. Rather, the grammar we are interested in here is what the speaker knows that makes it possible to speak at all, to speak so as to be understood, and to understand what is said by others.


In ea h of the 5 pie es mentioned above, there is an emphasis on the basi units the basi sounds, basi units of phrases, basi units of meaning. I prefer not to des ribe things quite this way, be ause I think it an be misleading for reasons that we will get to later. There is a reason for that. Produ tivity, Zipf's law. Unspoken languages. This an be seen by observing that we an extend any senten e you hoose to a new, longer one.

This argument is right, but there is a stronger point that we an make. Even if we restri t our attention to senten es of reasonable length, say to senten es with less than 50 words or so, there are a huge number of senten es.

The text says on page 8 that the average person knows from 45, to 60, words. I don't think this gure is to be trusted! For one thing, the text has not even told us yet what a word is! But suppose that you know 50, words.

Then the number of di erent sequen es of those words is very large. So most senten es are going to be very rare! In fa t, this is true. What is more surprising is that even most words are very rare. As we do in a standard di tionary, let's ount am and is as the same word, and dog and dogs as the same word, and let's take out all the proper names and numbers.

If you look at sequen es of words, then an even higher proportion o ur only on e. Sin e most senten es in our average day have more than 3 words, it is safe to on lude that most of the senten es you hear, you will only ever hear on e in your life. The notion "lexicon" No word or morpheme boundaries in the speech signal Affixes: Morphology lectures summary PDF.

Phonetics lectures summary PDF. Phonology vs. Phonology lectures summary PDF. Writing systems as a technology for representing speech Types of systems: Writing systems lecture slides PDF - 2.

Syntactic categories noun, verb, etc.

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Syntax lectures summary PDF. Acquisition of syntax lecture summary PDF. Pronouns and binding Quantifier scope Negative polarity items. Selected from such issues as Synchronic vs. What is a dialect? Dialects lectures slides PDF - 1.Probably the fault of the printer is the fact.

Introduction to Linguistics

How are these sounds arti ulated and ombined? The second aim is to show how linguistics can be used to address key ecological issues, from climate change and biodiversity loss to environmental justice.

Of the two names I must confess I find the latter preferable.

Syntactic categories noun, verb, etc. We are inventing the language all the time, extending it in ways that are not predi ted simply by the possibility of new ompositions from familiar elements produ tivity and ompositionality. The paradigmatic plane on the other hand, focuses on an analysis that is based on the paradigms or concepts that are embedded in a given text. Consequently, many words are only heard on e, and it is a short step from there to noti ing that ertainly most senten es that you hear, you hear only on e.

The basi fa t we start with is this: I an make some gestures that you an per eive the marks on this page, or the sounds at the front of the lassroom , and almost instantaneously you ome to have an idea about what I meant.