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LINGUIST 1AA3 Intro: Ling II

Academic Year: Spring/Summer 2017

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Catherine Anderson


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 503

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 26241


Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays after class, in the classroom, or by appointment

Course Objectives:

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

  • analyze the word and sentence structures of English and of other languages

  • evaluate evidence for various structural analyses of sentences

  • understand the systematic ways in which languages assign meaning to words and sentences

  • recognize the primary social factors that contribute to language variation 

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

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O'Grady, W. and J. Archibald. Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction. Toronto: Pearson.

Merrells, T. and A. Moro. Study Guide to accompany Contemporary Linguistic Analysis. Toronto: Pearson.

N.B.: EITHER the 7th edition or 8th edition is acceptable. 

Method of Assessment:


Five weekly quizzes, completed on Avenue by 11:00 each Tuesday morning.
Each quiz is worth 5%. Your grade is calculated from your best four of five quizzes. 

10% Two written assignments, submitted as pdf files on Avenue on Wednesday, May 17 and Wednesday, June 7.
25% One midterm test, written in class on Tuesday, May 23.
The midterm test includes multiple-choice and written-answer questions.
45% One two-hour final exam, written in class on Thursday, June 15. 
The final exam includes material from the entire semester, in both multiple-choice and written-answer questions. The weight of the final exam can be reduced by earning bonus points; consult Avenue for details.


Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Assignments: If you miss the Wednesday deadline for a written assignment, you may submit it to Avenue by 11:00 a.m. on the following Friday for 50% of the value of the assignment. If you submit an MSAF or other medical document (via your Faculty's Academic Advisors) for a written assignment, contact Dr. Anderson to arrange an alternate due date.

Quizzes: You may complete your quiz at any time during the 24-hour quiz period but not once the quiz period ends. Because the quiz portion of your grade is calculated on the best four of five quizzes, there is no penalty for missing one quiz. MSAFs are not accepted for quizzes.

Midterm Test: If you submit an MSAF or other medical document (via your Faculty's Academic Advisors), you will have the option of writing an alternate test scheduled by the instructor, or of adding the 25% value of the test to the weight of the final exam. 

Final Exam: If you are unable to write the final exam for any reason, contact the Academic Advisor in your Faculty to request a deferred 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

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

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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 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 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.

Topics and Readings:

Weeks 1-3

Syntax: The Structure of Sentences (Chapter 5) 

Weeks 4 & 5

Semantics: How Languages Mean Things (Chapter 6) 

Week 6

Aboriginal Languages of Canada (Chapter 9)

Language in Social Contexts (Chapter 14) 

These dates are an estimate. Consult Avenue for a detailed weekly schedule of topics, readings and assignments. 

Other Course Information:

In this course we will be using Avenue2Learn. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.