LINGUIST 3C03 Child Language Acquisition (C01)
Academic Year: Winter 2019
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Anderson
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 503
Phone: 905-525-9140 x 26241
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00-2:00; Thursday 3:30-4:30
- 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:
Sedivy, Julie. (2014). Language in Mind: An Introduction to Psycholinguistics. Sinauer Associates ISBN 978-0-87893-598-7
(The 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 was also used for Ling 2PS3 Psycholinguistics in Fall 2018.)
Method of Assessment:
|10%||Responses to Application Questions||Submit at least five responses to weekly application questions, worth 2% each.|
|15%||Takehome Test 1||Monday, January 28|
|15%||Science Communication Project||Thursday, February 14|
|15%||Takehome Test 2||Wednesday, March 6|
|15%||Data Analysis Project||Thursday, March 28|
|30%||Final Exam||Scheduled by the Registrar during Final Exam Period. The final exam includes material from the entire semester.|
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
You may submit written work 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 written work, contact Dr. Anderson immediately to arrange an alternate due date.
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.
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:
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 & 2||The Science of Language; Origins of Human Language||Sections 1.1, 1.2, 2.1|
|Weeks 3 & 4||Learning Sound Patterns||Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.4|
|Weeks 5 - 7||Learning Words||Chapter 5|
|Weeks 8 - 10||Learning the Structure of Words and Sentences||Chapter 6|
|Weeks 11 & 12||Language as a Social System||Chapter 11|
Other Course Information:
In this course we will be using Avenue. 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.