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LING2009 Languages of the World

Dr. Jonathan Yip

Introductory Course (4-year curriculum)/Senior course (3-year curriculum). Sem 1, 6 credits
Venue: CPD-3.29, Monday, 12:30-14:20

Course Description

This survey of the world’s languages covers how languages are classified into families and types as well as issues of linguistic diversity and endangered languages. The course involves regular practical work. The course satisfies the prerequisite for the advanced course, Language typology, and also provides useful background for all courses in linguistics.

Prerequisite: LING1001 and LING1003 (3-year curriculum) / LING1000 (4-year curriculum)

Course Details

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Assessment The course will be assessed 100% by coursework, consisting of:Midterm quiz (multiple choice + short answers: 20%)
Final quiz (multiple choice + short answers: 20%)
Tutorial assignments (4: 40%)
Attendance and participation (including contributions to discussion page/bulletin board: 20%)Attendance at four tutorials is required. Participation includes discussion during lectures and tutorials as well as by e-mail and on the discussion page. Provisional grades will be given together with feedback on assignments during the semester.
Textbook Lyovin, A. An Introduction to the Languages of the World. Oxford University Press, 1997.
Reference Comrie, B. S. Matthews & M. Polinsky. The Atlas of Languages. Facts on File, 2003

 


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