Linguistics 101 Intro. to the Study of Language

PLEASE NOTE: This course does not cover the same material as Linguistics 201. Ling 201 is required for the linguistics major and minor (for further details consult the Linguistics Department webpage or the Undergraduate Catalogue).

Syllabus Sections

Class Meetings

Course On-Line Site (Sakai)

Assignments and Exams

Grade Makeup

Academic Integrity (Cheating)

Textbook

Class Meetings

There are two main lectures each week, given by the lead instructor. Each student is also registered for a recitation section, taught by a teaching assistant. The recitation section is meant to provide students with a forum for discussion and an opportunity to ask questions about lectures, readings and homework.

Students are responsible for all material in both the lectures and the assigned readings.

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Course On-Line Site (Sakai)

There is a site for this course on Sakai. To access it, go to http://sakai.rutgers.edu, and log in using your Rutgers NetID. If you are registered for the course, you should automatically be a member of the course site "01:615:101 F07".

The Sakai site includes a schedule for the course, listing lecture topics, reading assignments, homework due dates and exam dates. Late-breaking announcements will also be posted on this site, so you should check it regularly.

Copies of the PowerPoint slides used in the main lecture will be posted on the schedule, in advance of each lecture. You are encouraged to print these and bring them to class.

Handouts and homework will be posted on Sakai. Documents will normally be in PDF format. You can download a PDF viewer for free from Adobe.

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Assignments and Exams

Homework will be due at the end of class on Wednesdays.  Homework will not be accepted late (after the TAs have left the classroom). If you are unable to attend class on the day that a homework assignment is due, you should submit it to your TA in advance (prior to the end of class that day), either by uploading an electronic copy to the Sakai site (in the Assignments section) or by putting a printed copy in your TA's mailbox in the Linguistics Dept. office. If you upload an assignment to Sakai, please use either a text file, an MS Word file, or a PDF file.

Because a number of students are likely to experience some mishap during the semester which will interfere with his or her ability to hand in a homework assignment, the lowest homework grade will be dropped when calculating the final grade.

Exams are open book and open notes. No electronic devices may be used during exams. Exams are held in the same classroom as the main lectures. Exam questions can cover all material in the course, including both the assigned readings and the lectures. The midterm exam will cover material from the first half of the course, and the final exam will be cumulative (but with much more emphasis on material from the second half of the course).

You will receive a grade of zero for an exam missed without a written, valid excuse acceptable to the instructor. An excuse based on medical difficulties must include a note from a health care provider (including their name and number). If you miss the midterm with a valid excuse, you must make arrangements with the course instructor; normally your grade on the final exam will be used as a substitute midterm score. If you are unable to take the final and present a written, valid excuse acceptable to the instructor, you will receive a temporary grade and be required to make up the final exam during the following semester.

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Grade Makeup

Item
Percentage of Final Grade
Homework Assignments 
30%
Midterm Exam
30%
Final Exam
30%
Class Participation in Recitation
10%

Final letter grades will be assigned based on each student's percent score based on a scale similar to the following (the scale will be subject to possible revision at the end of the semester):

90-100% A, 87-89% B+, 80-86% B, 77-79% C+, 70-76% C, 60-69% D, below 60% F

The Class Participation grade is based upon your participation in your recitation: attending recitation, asking and answering questions, contributing comments to class discussion. TAs will regularly take attendance in recitation sections.

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Academic Integrity (Cheating)

Students are permitted, and indeed encouraged, to study together. However, students may not work together on graded assignments; all work that is handed in must be strictly your own. This applies to homework assignments, exams, and any other part of the course that is evaluated for a grade. If you have a question about a homework assignment, ask one of the instructors, not a fellow student.

There are two simple rules that you must follow in this class:

  • Do not copy anyone else's work, or allow anyone else to copy yours.
  • You must acknowledge the source of any material you use; whether from the textbook, the web, or elsewhere.

The university's policy on Academic Integrity can be viewed with a click. If in doubt, consult this, a dean, or the instructor.

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Textbook

The primary text for the class is Language Files, Tenth Edition.

NOTE: this is a new edition, not the same as was used last year.

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