LINGUIST 2LC3 HIST LINGUISTICS:LANG EVOLUT
Academic Year: Fall/Winter 2013/2014
Instructor: Dr. John Colarusso
Office: Chester New Hall 532
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23902
Office Hours: 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
This course will introduce the student to the inexorable processes that drive language change. The student will also become acquainted with various processes that cause language change through time and language variation across space. The student may acquire a sense of what it means for languages to be related and how this can be proven. The student will come to understand what language families are and how they offer insight into the prehistory of humanity. Finally, the student will become acquainted with techniques for reconstructing prehistoric cultures as exemplified through proto-languages.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
Crowley, Terry and Claire Bowern, 2010, An Introduction to Historical Linguistics, 4th edition. Oxford.
W. H. Cowan, Problems in Historical Linguistics, Coursepack.
Method of Assessment:
80% homework (8 at 10% each), open book final exam 20% (2 problems from text or coursepack)
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
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:
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
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Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
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".
Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)
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Topics and Readings:
Topical Outline (one week each)
1. Introduction (text, pp. 1 – 22)
2. Types of sound change (text, pp. 23 – 54)
3. Expressing sound changes, (text, pp. 55 – 64)
First assignment, due in one week.
4. Phonetic and phonemic change, (text, pp. 65 – 77)
Second assignment, due in one week.
Assignment one due.
5. Comparative method (1): procedures (text, pp. 78 – 107)
Third assignment, due in one week.
Assignment two due.
6. Determing relatedness (text, pp. 108 – 120)
Fourth assignment, due in one week.
Assignment three due.
7. Internal reconstruction (text, pp. 121 – 135)
Fifth assignment, due in one week.
Assignment four due.
8. Computational and statistical methods (text, pp. 136 – 161)
Sixth assignment, due in one week.
Assignment five due.
9. The Comparative method (2): history and challenges (text, pp. 162 – 183)
Seventh assignment, due in one week.
Assignment six due.
10. Morphological change (text, pp. 184 – 198)
Eighth assignment, due in one week.
Assignment seven due.
11. Semantic and lexical change (text, pp. 199 – 201)
Assignment eight due.
12. Syntactic change (text, pp. 217 – 245)
13. Cultural reconstruction (tex, pp. 299 – 326)
Other Course Information:
The instructor and university reserve the right to modify elements of the course during the term. The university may change the dates and deadlines for any or all courses in extreme circumstances. If either type of modification
becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. It is the responsibility of the student to check his/her McMaster email and course websites weekly during the term and to note any changes.
Academic dishonesty consists of misrepresentation by deception or by other fraudulent means and 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 kinds of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, Appendix 3, www.mcmaster.ca/senate/academic/ac integrity.htm
The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
1. Plagiarism, e.g., the submission of work that is not one’s own for which other credit has been obtained. (Insert specific course information, e.g., style guide)
- Improper collaboration in group work. (Insert specific course information)
- Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
(If applicable) In this course we will be using a software package designed to reveal plagiarism. Students will be required to submit their work electronically and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty.
E-MAIL COMMUNICATION POLICY
Effective September 1, 2010, it is the policy of the Faculty of Humanitoes that all e-mail communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from the student’s own McMaster University e-mail account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that communication is sent to the university from a McMaster account. If an instructor becomes aware that a communication has come from an alternate address, the instructor may not reply at his or her discretion.
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