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Spring 2016-2017
* LIN 220 (LA)   na, npdf

Language at Princeton

Joshua T. Katz

An introduction to linguistic analysis, with an emphasis on hands-on work. Making use of as many different sorts of resources as possible -- animate, inanimate; written, spoken; town, gown -- we will try as a group to understand the history and current state of language at Princeton University and in Princeton, NJ just outside the "Orange Bubble." What languages and what modes of communication have and have not been used here? When? Why? How? By whom? We will discover the answers by exploring archives, conducting interviews, and generally engaging in original and creative research.

Sample reading list:
Stephen R. Anderson, Languages: A Very Short Introduction
P.H. Matthews, Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
Thomas Jefferson Wertenbaker, Princeton, 1746-1896
James Axtell, The Making of Princeton University
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
The way the course is conducted will depend on who enrolls, but there will be regular and diverse written work, both solo and collaborative. 75 pages reading per week.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Problem set(s) - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prior experience with linguistics is expected. There will necessarily be some overlap with the material in LIN 201, but students are welcome -- indeed, encouraged -- to take both, in either order..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40556 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:53 Limit:60 Closed
40557 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   East Pyne Building   235   Enrolled:12 Limit:13 Closed
40558 P02 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   Green Hall   1-S-4A   Enrolled:8 Limit:12
40559 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Green Hall   1-S-4A   Enrolled:9 Limit:12
40560 P04 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am W   Green Hall   1-S-5   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
40561 P05 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am W   Green Hall   1-S-4A   Enrolled:11 Limit:12