English 256: Introduction to Linguistics

Instructor: Dr. Lynn Gordon
Office: Avery 347
Email Address: lynn.gordon@wsu.edu
Telephone: (509) 335-2117 [office]/(509) 332-2591 [home]
Office Hours: W 3-5 and by appointment

Class Announcements

  • Drop-In
    Guy will be in Avery 347 from 3-5 pm on Thursday.  Feel free to drop in if you have questions.
    Posted May 1, 2018, 7:07 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Updated Answers to Sample Quiz
    I've corrected a couple of mistakes in the answer sheet for the sample final exam, posted on the Course Materials page.
    Posted Apr 27, 2018, 5:35 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Friday, 13 April 2018
    Today's recording won't be posted until everyone has had a chance to take the quiz since it includes answers to that quiz.
    Posted Apr 13, 2018, 5:24 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Semantics and Pragmatics Quiz
    As per student request, I've posted a sample semantics and pragmatics quiz to help you prepare for Monday's quiz.  

    I'll post an answer sheet for in on Sunday.  I recommend trying to figure out the answers before you look at the answer sheet.

    Posted Apr 1, 2018, 4:41 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Quiz #5
    Sample quiz #5 was linked last night.  I made a couple of corrections today--so if you were having problems you should check the quiz now.

    The answers to sample quiz #5 are now linked.
    Posted Mar 20, 2018, 2:42 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Calendar Changes
    Check the calendar for changes to quiz dates and homework and reading due dates.  

    There will  be a quiz on Wednesday, 7 March 2018.  You will be asked 
    1. to draw trees to represent the morphological structure of words;
    2. to draw trees to represent the structure of sentences based on a PS grammar provided in the quiz; and
    3. to modify the PS grammar based on new data.
    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 5:21 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Correction to Sample Quiz 3
    There's an error in the first problem.  The data for 'make' should be

    chew    ‘make (something)’                 chewi   ‘make (something) for (someone)’

    The posted version is corrected.



    Posted Feb 21, 2018, 5:02 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Quiz #2
    Reminder: I rescheduled quiz #2 to Monday to give everybody a little more time to practice solving phonology problems.  

    Reminder:  All quizzes starting with this one are open-book and open-notes. 
    Posted Feb 1, 2018, 12:13 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • More Phonology Problems
    The extra phonology problems I promised in class today are linked here.

    If you misinterpreted 1.8-1.11 as meaning 1.8 and 1.11, instead of 1.8, 1.9, 1.10, and 1.11, you should complete the extra phonology problems linked above and turn them into the dropbox before class on Friday, 2 February.
    Posted Jan 31, 2018, 6:29 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Drop-In Review Sessions
    The drop-in review sessions for this class are now scheduled to occur on Thursdays from 3 to 5pm in Avery 106.   
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:40 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Homework Change
    The calendar has been updated, with a change to the second homework assignment.  Check it out.  After this, I won't necessarily announce changes to the calendar; you will be expected to check the calendar for changes regularly.
    Posted Jan 19, 2018, 10:12 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Schedule Drop-In Review Session
    The drop-in review sessions will be on Thursdays.  Go to https://doodle.com/poll/nvv8apid98rd3umt and click on any times which it would be possible (not necessarily convenient) for you to attend some part of.  Since these are drop-in sessions you don't need to be able to stay for the entire scheduled period.  You can note in the comment session which times you prefer (or can make. but truly hate).

    Even you don't think you are planning to use the drop-in reviews, select those times you could attend if you had to.  (If you think you are unlikely to attend, please note that in the comment section.)
    Posted Jan 17, 2018, 12:02 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Welcome
    Welcome to the website for English 256: Introduction to Linguistics.  This is a website for students at Washington State University who are enrolled in English 256 during Spring 2018.  Others are also welcome, but this site is a required part of English 256.

    To get an idea of what this class will be like, check out the 2017 website for the same course at http://256-spr17.gordon-carden.net/
    Posted Dec 31, 2017, 5:37 PM by Lynn Gordon
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