LINGUIST 2E03 Slang To Formal Discourse (C01)
Academic Year: Fall 2019
Instructor: Dr. Mackenzie Salt
Phone: 905-525-9140 x
Office Hours: Mondays 2PM-4PM
- Course Objectives
- Textbooks, Materials & Fees
- Method of Assessment
- Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties
- Additional Policies and Statements
- Topics and Readings
This course introduces students to the field of discourse analysis. We shall investigate a variety of styles and registers from the conversational to the literary and academic. Students will learn about theoretical approaches to textual analysis and will then apply those approaches to a variety of language uses in modern society. We shall talk about advertising and persuasion, media discourse, academic writing, political speeches, online chat, conversations across genders, and conversations in professional contexts, analyzing their form and function in class discussions and written reports.
Students will have the option to work in groups on two research projects on specific linguistic problems. These projects will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the material and apply the theoretical concepts discussed in class to various types of discourse.
Textbooks, Materials & Fees:
LINGUISTICS 2E03 Coursepack, Avenue to Learn
Method of Assessment:
2 Written Assignments (Oct. 11, Nov. 22) 40%
Midterm Exam (Oct. 24) 25%
Final Exam 35%
Bonus for experiment participation Up to 2%
Bonus for notetakers 1%
Bonus for course evaluation completion 1%
Students can earn up to 2% bonus to their final grade for participating as subjects in linguistic experiments through the SONA program. 1% is awarded for one hour of participation. Instructions on how to access the SONA website can be found on the course website on Avenue to Learn. For students unable to or ineligible to participate in SONA research studies held during the term, there will be an alternative made available for those students to earn these marks.
In the aim of keeping this course as accessible as possible, students will be asked to volunteer to be notetakers for a single lecture. After each lecture, the notetaker will email their notes to the instructor, which will be posted on Avenue. Each student who acts as a notetaker will receive a 1% bonus on their final grade.
If 80% or more of the students in the course complete the course evaluations at the end of the course, all students in the course will receive a 1% bonus to their final grade.
Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:
Assignments will be subject to a 10% penalty if submitted within four calendar days after the due date. No late assignments will be accepted beyond that date. In case of a medical or other emergency that could affect your completion of an assignment, please contact the instructor BEFORE the due date to discuss arrangements.
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
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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 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:
A detailed course syllabus with a schedule of course readings and weekly topics is available on Avenue.