English 336: Introduction to Linguistics

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Associate Professor of English
Ferrum College


Special Event:

DON'T FORGET: Monday is Martin Luther King Day!

The celebration begins at Vaughn Chapel at 7 PM with a prayer and testimonials.

Then a candlelight walk to Franklin Hall where we will gather in the Panther's Den at 7:30 to hear Mr. George Washington. Many of you remember him from Franklin County High School where he was assistant principal and director of I.T.

After his speech, we will have some soulful refreshments.

(For extra credit, write a paragraph about use of language in this program or in any writing or speech by Martin Luther King, Jr.)


See BrightSpace Calendar and other pages for this course after 2007

This and other pages will be updated throughout the semester.
Please let me know right away if you find errors on web pages or links.

Required Pages:

Syllabus 2007

[Schedule 2006] See BrightSpace Calendar for current year

True/False Questionnaire on Language

Pretest on Sentence Structure

Exam Study Guide 2012

Project Guidelines

Test II Study Guide 2010

Short Paper Assignments

Graded Phonetics Exercises 2017

Test 1 Study Guide 2009

Presidential Inauguration

Jan. 20, 2009

Write something in discussion forum about the significance of language in the ceremonies or election.


Ferrum College Links:

Academic Resources Center

ARC Tutoring Center

Ferrum College Writing Center

Stanley Library at Ferrum College

Ferrum College Foundation Standards


Study Guides:

Pretest on Sentence Structure

Extra Morphology Exercise (supplements chap. 3, ex. 3)

Pointers for Taking Essay Tests

Guidelines for Proofreading: Marking Symbols and Terms for English Papers

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

Linguistics Resources Online:

Do You Speak American? New 3-hour series on PBS about American language across the country. Web site contains a wealth of material on language varieties and attitudes about American language, including transcripts and curriculum guides for the programs, many articles, quizzes, and databases full of examples.

Resources on Appalachian Dialects in AppLit, includes a list of some dialect features (phonetic, lexical, and syntactic), questionnaire on attitudes about language, bibliography, guidelines for using minority dialect literature in teaching, analysis of dialect in several children's books, other exercises

American Tongues:  some audio clips and background at this site

Applied Linguistics (journal)

Merriam Webster Dictionary contains word of the day, word games, humorous and serious pages on words, as well as a dictionary and thesaurus with audio pronunciations.

DARE - Dictionary of American Regional English

Short Bio of Noam Chomsky by Mary Green, for Dr. Whited's English 461

Says You - a web site associated with the public radio game show about language: "a game of words and whimsy, bluff and bluster."  Listen to the Roanoke station (FM 89.1) Friday night at 7:30 to hear the experts play with words.

Moot - associated with a board game on words.  Sample questions are available online.

Linguistics Resources in Our Library:

The Story of English - 1986 videos in our library on the history and varieties of English as a world language

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language - several editions in our library listed at this link

Oxford English Dictionary - use this link for library's link to online version, also in book form in reference collection; gives history of each word in the language

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE), has interesting essays in vol. 1 about dialects and the massive survey of American dialects that led to this series.

Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English, ed. Michael Montgomery, 2004

The Secret Life of the Brain - PBS series that aired in 2002.  Videotape of Part 2 on language, reading and the child's brain was on reserve in Dr. Stein's name. The part on Motherese will be relevant to our discussion of language acquisition.

Last update: 3/17/17
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