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Linguistics at U of T

LIN 456 & 1156: Language Variation and Change

Course expectations

Meeting time and place

In Fall 2017, LIN 456/1156 meets on Mondays, 10:10-12:00 and Wednesdays, 10:10-11:00.

Sidney Smith 561 (SS on campus maps)

Contacting the professor

Dr. Naomi Nagy, Associate Professor,
Department of Linguistics
416-978-1767
See my email address at bottom of page. Office: Sidney Smith 4072
Please expect responses to email and phone messages only during normal business hours. Office 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

Blackboard:   Readings, assignments, and information about the research project will be posted in Blackboard (https://portal.utoronto.ca).   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. Assignments are posted in Blackboard and on this website. Assignments will be explained in class. 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 for a valid reason within 48 hours of the due date. When assignments are not submitted electronically, you are encouraged to print double-sided for assignments for this course.

Research Project: Details of the project will be discussed and developed by the class. Guidelines will then be posted here: more information about the research project.

Reading:

Readings are assigned for most Wednesdays (our lecture/discussion day), keeping most Mondays as our hands-on analysis day. It is critical to read the assigned chapters/articles before class. Bring notes, articles, and your questions/comments about them to class. This way, you can contribute productively to discussion and ask questions in class about anything that is not clear. Part of your grade is based on participation.

  • Required textbook: Walker, James. A. 2010. Variation in linguistic systems. NY: Routledge.
  • Recommended textbook: Tagliamonte, Sali A. 2006. Analysing sociolinguistic variation. Cambridge: CUP.
  • Additional required READINGS will be available via Blackboard. You may be required to find some directly from the library. Other RESOURCES will also be in Blackboard and loaded to the in-class computers.

We will all discuss most readings in class. It is important to keep up with the reading: read the items listed on the syllabus by the date for which they are listed.

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

Undergraduate (LIN 456)

Category Task % of final mark
Assignments (55%) HW 1: Survey ("a little about you")
1%
HW 2: Sample design & token search report
2%
HW 3: Proto-abstract
3%
HW 4: Coding schema for your social factor
3%
HW 5: Speaker distribution
3%
HW 6: Token file
3%
HW 7: Distributional analysis
5%
HW 8: Multivariate analysis
5%
HW 9: Abstract
10%
HW 10: Draft of paper
20%
Presentation of findings
10%
Research Paper (final version)
20%
Class participation
15%

Graduate (LIN 1156)

Category Task % of final mark
Assignments (46%) HW 1: Survey ("a little about you")
1%
HW 2: Sample design & token search report
3%
HW 3: Proto-abstract
5%
HW 4: Coding schema for your social factor
3%
HW 5: Speaker distribution
3%
HW 6: Token file
3%
HW 7: Distributional analysis
5%
HW 8: Multivariate analysis
15%
HW 9: Abstract
12%
HW 10: Draft of paper
10%
Article Presentation
15%
Presentation of findings (optional; makes final paper weigh less)
0% or 5%
Research Paper (final version)
25% or 30%
Class participation
9%

Further information about course policies and procedures is available in Blackboard. Please read it.

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Updated September 6, 2017.

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