Naomi Nagy

Linguistics at U of T

LIN 251: Intro to Sociolinguistics

Course expectations

Meeting time and place

In Winter 2018, LIN 251 meets on Wednesdays, 10:10-12:00, in University College (UC) 140. (Map)

Additionally, you must enroll in and attend one of these tutorials.

TUT 0101Monday10:10-11:00SS 2111 (SS )Lex Konnelly
TUT 0201Monday11:10-12:00SS 2111 (SS )Lex Konnelly
TUT 0301Monday12:10-1:00UC 152 (UC )Julien Carrier
TUT 0302Monday12:10-1:00SS 2111 (SS )Katharina Pabst

Contacting the professor

Dr. Naomi Nagy, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics

Office: Sidney Smith 4070

Office hours

See my email address at bottom of page.

Please expect responses to email and phone messages only during normal business hours.

Please feel free to contact me outside of class if there is something you want to discuss or anything you don't understand. If you will miss class, get the homework AHEAD OF TIME so that you are not behind when you return. Arrange to get lecture notes from another student BEFORE coming to talk to me about what you missed.

Course expectations

Lecture and Tutorial participation: Theories, concepts, terms and examples will be presented and connected in lecture. In-class discussion and exercises will provide immediate opportunities to check comprehension in lecture. Activities and discussion in tutorial will deepen understanding and allow students to make connections among concepts as well as develop academic skills.

Blackboard: Readings, assignments, and resources are posted in Blackboard (   Check it before class each week for important information and to print out any handouts for class. Materials will be available at least 24 hours before class.

Assignments: There are homework assignments due as noted on the syllabus. This is where the real learning happens--when you get involved with the data and the theory. Homework assignments are posted in Blackboard and on this website.   It is your responsibility to hand in the assignments on time - a missed class is NOT an excuse for a late assignment.   Homework will be accepted early, but not late, unless you provide appropriate documentation to the professor for a valid reason within 48 hours of the due date. Assignments will be submitted through the Blackboard Portal, unless otherwise specified. Please make sure your full name is on the first page.

Reading: Readings are selected to expand on topics introduced in the textbook and introduce recent research in sociolinguistics. We will all discuss most readings in class. You are expected to read an average of 30 pages per week in this course. It is important to keep up with the reading: read the items listed on the syllabus by the date for which they are listed. This way, you can ask questions in class about anything that is not clear. Much of your grade is based on participation. Bring your textbook, articles and reading notes to class. Any material in assigned readings may appear on the midterm or final exam. Readings beyond the required textbook will be made available via Blackboard. Here is the course bibliography.

Grading: Your grade for the semester will be calculated as shown.

Category Due dates
Portion of final mark

7 homework assignments

(Your best 6 grades will be counted)

Jan. 24
Feb. 7
Feb. 28
Mar. 7
Mar. 21
Mar. 28
Apr. 4
Other assignments Blackboard Survey - due Jan. 17
In class assignment Mar. 21
Midterm Test Feb. 12
Final exam

Thursday, April 12, 9:00-11:00am

Last names A-K in GB 303;
Last names L-Z in GB 304
Attendance and participation ongoing

Further information about course policies and procedures is available in Blackboard. Please read carefully -- you are responsible for that material.

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Updated March 12, 2018

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