LINGUIST 3C03 Child Language Acquisition
Academic Year: Winter 2018
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Anderson
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 503
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 26241
Office Hours: Tues 12:30-1:30, Thurs 4:00-5:00, or Weds before class by appointment
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
- Other Course Information
Linguistics 3C03 studies language behaviour and development in children from birth to school age. The course examines how data from children's language acquisition can inform linguistic theory. The goals of the course are:
to understand the elements of the major theories of child language acquisition
to evaluate the key research findings that inform these theories
to practice communicating scientific findings to both scientific and non- scientific audiences
- to analyze primary data to answer research questions
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
iClicker response device
Sedivy, Julie. (2014). Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. Sinauer Associates ISBN 978-0-87893-598-7
(This textbook is available at the Campus Store, is on reserve at Mills, or may be rented for the semester from the publisher. See Avenue for details. This textbook is also used for Ling 3C03 Child Language Acquisition in Winter 2018.)
Method of Assessment:
|Participation in class using iClicker||10%||
If you click a response to 80% of clicker questions you receive 10/10. If you respond to fewer clicker questions your clicker score is pro-rated accordingly.
|Midterm Test||20%||60 minutes, written in class on Wednesday, Feb 28.|
|Press Release Project||15%||Submitted on Avenue on Friday, Feb 2.|
|Data Analysis Project||25%||
Data collection in Weeks 6-8, submitted by Friday March 9.
Final written report submitted on Avenue on Thursday, March 29
|Final Exam||30%||2.5 hours, scheduled by the Registrar during the Final Exam Period. The final exam includes material from the entire semester.|
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
: You may submit a project within 48 hours of the due date for a 25% reduction in value or within 96 hours of the due date for a 50% reduction in value. If you submit an MSAF or other approved document (via the Academic Advisors of your Faculty) for a project, contact Dr. Anderson immediately to arrange an alternate due date.
: If you submit an MSAF or other approved document (via the Academic Advisors of your Faculty) for the midterm test, you wll have the option of writing an alternate test scheduled by the instructor, or of adding the 20% weight of the test to the weight of the final exam.
: MSAFs are not accepted for clicker points. To make an alternate arrangement about clicker points for accessibility reasons, please contact Dr. Anderson at the beginning of the semester.
Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:
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. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.
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. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at https://secretariat.mcmaster.ca/university-policies-procedures-guidelines/
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
- plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
- improper collaboration in group work.
- copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Authenticity / Plagiarism Detection
Some courses may use a web-based service (Turnitin.com) to reveal authenticity and ownership of student submitted work. For courses using such software, students will be expected to submit their work electronically either directly to Turnitin.com or via Avenue to Learn (A2L) plagiarism detection (a service supported by Turnitin.com) so it can be checked for academic dishonesty.
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McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)
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Topics and Readings:
|Weeks 1 & 2||
The Science of Language, Origins of Human Languages
Sections 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2
|Weeks 3 & 4||Learning Sound Patterns||
Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.4
|Weeks 5 - 7||Learning Words||Chapter 5|
|Weeks 8 - 10||Learning Sentence Organization||Chapter 6|
|Weeks 11 & 12||Language as a Social System||Chapter 11|
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 email 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.