Schedule 2006
English 336: Linguistics

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Associate Professor of English
Ferrum College

Home page for Linguistics


  • Readings are from Fromkin, Rodman, and Hyams, An Introduction to Language, 7th ed., unless they are labeled Reader (Language by Clark, Escholtz, Rosa, 6th ed.)

  • Any changes in due dates or assignments will be announced in class.

  • Homework exercises (from Fromkin, Rodman, and Hyams unless otherwise indicated) can be turned in at your own pace as we work on a chapter.  You can turn in part or all of the exercises from a chapter on any given day.  If you have not completed the required homework within 2 or 3 class periods after we finish a chapter, your homework will be considered late. You will get credit for completing all the required exercises, not for the number of "correct" answers you write, but if you have frequent errors on a particular set of exercises, it would be to your benefit to turn in corrections or consult me about doing some extra practice on that topic. 


Topics and Readings

Writing Assignments
Mon. 1/16 Introduction to course  
Wed. 1/18 Begin reading Chap. 1, "What is Language?" and Daniels, "Nine Ideas about Language" (no. 5 in Reader)

Begin discussing true/false questionnaire about language.

Chap. 1: 2, 5, 9 (but don't do a whole essay for 9). Optional: ex. 1, 3, 4, or any others
Fri. 1/20

Read Frindle by A. Clements
(Optional: author's web site at has interesting background.)

Continue discussion of chap. 1 and questionnaire

Turn in a paragraph or a list of three things you learned about language from reading Frindle (or concepts from your reading in Linguistics so far that are used in the novel). Do you think this could happen in real life?
Mon. 1/23 Skim over Chap. 2, Brain and Language  
Wed. 1/25 Begin Chap. 3, Morphology Chap. 3: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11 (do five instead of ten acronyms in instructions a and b), 12, 13, 14. Tip: Exercise 1 may not work if you don't use what is truly a full-sized standard dictionary.
Fri. 1/27 Continue Morphology

Recommended in Reader to supplement Chap. 3:
Essays 11 on Morphemes and 13 on Word-Making

If you have trouble with exercise 3, do Extra Morphology Exercise
M-F 1/30-2/8 Continue Morphology Finish chap. 3 homework
Fri. 2/10

Quiz on Morphology and main concepts from chap. 1 (matching and ID questions). Review chaps. 1 and 3, especially ex. 2-4 in chap. 3.

Begin Chap. 4, Syntax

Optional when starting chap. 4:  Pretest on Sentence Structure. Look at this and/or a handbook such as The Little, Brown handbook if you need to review how to identify parts of speech, sentence parts, etc.
Mon. 2/13

Read parts of Weaver, Grammar for Teachers, on reserve in library: chap. 6 and 7 (has basic review of parts of speech and sentence parts and types).

Continue Chap. 4. until test

Chap. 4  Exercises: 1-4, 6, 7, 13, 16, 17
Fri. 2/17

CAAP English test, 1 p.m. LA 202.  Contact Dr. Heck,, if you can participate.

Extra credit for participating (optional)
Fri. 2/24

Turn in short paper #1 by today.

Paper 1 due

Mon. 2/27 Continue discussing syntax:  chap. 4 in Intro. to Language  and "Grammar as Product"  in Grammar for Teachers Be sure you have homework checked before test
Wed. 3/1
Wed. 3/1
7:30 p.m.
Jack Tale Players Benefit Performance, Sale Theatre For extra credit, write a paragraph about language use (e.g., dialect) in Appalachian folktale dramatizations at Jack Tale performance.
Fri., 3/3 Test on chaps. 1-4 (check date on study guide)  TEST 1
M-F 3/4-3/12 Spring Break 2006!  
M 3/13 -W 3/29 Chap. 6, Phonetics Begin phonetics exercises
Fri. 3/17


Watch video American Tongues

Send/give short observations on the video to by Monday afternoon.
M-W 3/27-29 Discuss parts of chap. 7, phonology. Read pp. 273-87, 301, 312-22 in chap. 7. Final deadline for completing phonetics exercises March 29
F 3/31 Begin chap. 5, Semantics Turn in proposal for project topic by today. Use format at bottom of guidelines page. Talk to or e-mail Dr. Hanlon to arrange date of your oral report.
M 4/3, 11:20-12:00

Chap. 5, Semantics (remember to change your clocks AND come at 11:20)

Begin chap. 5 exercises: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 15, 16. Choose at least one other from the remaining exercises.
M 4/3 President's civility summit in chapel 2:30 and lecture at 7:00 For extra credit, write something about uses of language that support or prevent civility, as discussed in today's civility summit.
W 4/5-M 4/10

Continue discussion of semantics

W 4/12   Test II on chaps. 5-7

Easter Break 2006

Plan for rest of semester: Read chaps. 8, 10-12
We will cover as much as we have time for in class

W 4/19 Discuss chap. 8, Language Acquisition (read first half of chap.)

Reports by Stone/Hodges/Ashworth on body language or dialect

Chap. 8 exercises: 1, 5B.
Extra credit: 3 or any others
F 4/21 Report by Nicole Baker on speech in news media Paper 2 due
Mon., 4/24

Report by Lee Duncan on nonverbal communication
Report by C. J. Hogan on teaching grammar

Read chap. 10

Chap. 10 exercises: 2, 3 (pick 10 words; don't do all), 4, 5, 8, 9, 12
W 4/26 Report by Edmundson and Nolan on phonological awareness
Reports by D. Beard on bilingual acquisition
Report by J. Johnson

Chap. 11 exercises: 1, 4, 8 (pick half the words), 10

Chap. 12 exercises: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8

F 4/28 Report by Walden and Peters on speech therapy
Report by Peterson and Anderson on drug lingo
Report by Stephanie Burton on dialects in VA

Discuss chap. 11, Language Change (History)

M 4/1 Report by David Pendleton on language changes
Report by Brubaker & Burkholder on teaching phonics

Chap. 12, The History of Writing

T 4/2 Last day of class; no reports

Finish discussion of final chapters, preparation for exam

Thur., 5/4
8 a.m.
Final Exam  
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Read pp. 482-87 on gender in chap. 10
Divers, Vincent, Phillips report on gender and language


Mon., 4/25

Hogan, Bernstein, Ballard report on slang (see discussion of slang in chap. 10)

Read chap. 10 section on slang

Short paper no. 2 due by today

Summary of oral report topics and dates:

  Ferrum College Links:

Academic Resources Center

ARC Tutoring Center

Ferrum College Composition Center

Stanley Library at Ferrum College

Study Guides:

Pointers for Taking Essay Tests

General Guidelines for Writing Literature Papers
Includes checklist of marking symbols and examples of proofreading errors (some other pages are designed for sophomore literature classes, but some of the guidelines may be helpful with papers in this class or other classes)

General Guidelines for Reading and Analyzing Literature