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LINGUIST 1Z03 Sounds,Words&Meaning:Mod Engl

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Karen Tucker

Email: tuckeke@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 620

Phone: 905-525-9140 x

Office Hours: Mondays, 4:30-6:30 PM, or by appointment



Course Objectives:

    By the end of this course, students will be able to

        - begin to understand how linguists observe and analyze language

        - explain how humans produce speech sounds

        - transcribe the sounds of Canadian English

        - use data from Canadian English to analyze how speech sounds are used

        - analyze how words and meaning are constructed in Canadian English


Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

No textbook is used for this course.  Readings may be found on Avenue to Learn.


Method of Assessment:

    Two written assignments, due Oct. 3 and Nov. 14 (20%)

    Ten weekly quizzes (20%)

    Ten weekly readings and reading responses (10%)

    Midterm, Oct. 24 (20%)

    Final Exam, to be scheduled by the Registrar (30%)

    Optional bonus for experiment participation (2%)


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late Assignments: Written assignments submitted after the due date are penalized 10% of the value of the assignment per weekday.  After the assignment has been handed back, no submissions will be accepted.

Quizzes and Reading Responses: No late submissions will be accepted.

Excused Assignments: Written assignments for which the instructor receives an MSAF or other medical document (via the Dean of your Faculty) are excused and are not included in your final grade calculation.

Excused Midterm: If the instructor receives an MSAF or other medical document  (via the Dean of your Faculty), its value will be added to the value of your final exam.


Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.


Other Course Information:

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF):

    This is a self-reporting tool for undergraduate students to report absences DUE TO MINOR MEDICAL SITUATIONS that last up to 5 days and provides the ability to request accommodation for any missed academic work. Please note, this tool cannot be         used during any final examination period. You may submit a maximum of 1 Academic Work Missed request per term. It is YOUR responsibility to follow up with your Instructor immediately (NORMALLY WITHIN TWO WORKING DAYS) regarding the         nature of the accommodation. If you are absent for reasons other than medical reasons, for more than 5 days, or exceed 1 request per term, you MUST visit your Associate Dean's Office/Faculty Office). You may be required to provide supporting documentation.  This form should be filled out immediately when you are about to return to class after your absence.

 

 

Please note the following policies and statements:

Academic Dishonesty

    You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

 

    Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: 'Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty'), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

 

    It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

 

    The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

 

    1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one's own or for which other credit has been obtained.

    2. Improper collaboration in group work.

    3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

 

Email Correspondence Policy

    It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student's own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.