Introduction to Linguistic Theory

Welcome to Linguistics 201 – Introduction to Linguistic Theory (Section E).

Links to class handouts, extra practice, the syllabus, and scanned required readings will be linked to below.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012:

Final Review Guide (with notes on solutions)  Plus: Answers to syntax questions

Review Guide (with Practice) for Final

IPA Feature Chart (you’ll get a copy of this for your final exam)

Thursday, April 26. 2012:

Notes from Class on Contact Languages 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012:

Notes from Class on Language Contact

Thursday, April 19, 2012:

Slides from guest lecture by Andrew Weir

Final homework assignment – Due Thursday, April 26

Tuesday, April 17, 2012:

No class

Thursday, April 12, 2012:

Notes from class on language acquisition

Tuesday, April 10, 2012:

Typology Notes from Class

Thursday, April 5, 2012:

Syntax Notes from Class – Ambiguity, including the rest of the Cow Problem

Tuesday, April 3, 2012:

Assignment 7 – Due Tuesday, April 10

Class Notes – Includes constituency tests and the new VP rule

Thursday, March 29, 2012:

Remember: Extra Credit Homework!  Worth up to 7 points

Syntax Notes from Class – VP, PP, *, and Ambiguity

Tuesday, March 27, 2012:

Assignment 6 – Due Tuesday, April 3

Notes from Class

Spring Break:

Extra Credit Homework!  Worth up to 7 points

Thursday, March 8, 2012:

Notes from Class on Derivational Morphology

Tuesday, March 6, 2012:


Assignment 5 – Due Tuesday, March 13 – problem 4.6.a corrected March 10

Revised Syllabus – Quiz next Tuesday, March 13

Midterm Study Materials:

Midterm Study Guide – A general guide to topics to know about for the midterm

Midterm Practice Problems – What we reviewed in study session on Friday.  Similar to actual problems you may encounter. See answer key below.

Midterm review key

Thursday March 1, 2012:

Assignment 4 key

Notes from Class (Compounding and Derivation)

Tuesday February 28, 2012:

Midterm Study Guide

Class notes on morphophonology and morphology

Thursday February 23, 2012:

Notes from Class Discussion

Tuesday February 21, 2012:

Assignment 4 (edited, Feb. 26) – Due Thursday, March 1

Please note the small change on Assignment 4, Q. 4 Pt. 3: Please write the morphemes and allomorphs using IPA notation BUT please write the environment for the rule using features.

Notes from class: Doing phonology problems

Thursday February 16, 2012:

Class Notes on Phonological Rules – plus, information on the Sonority Sequencing Principle

Tuesday February 14, 2012:

Assignment 3 – Due Tuesday, February 21 – See Assignment 3 Key here

Final Notes on Phonotactics (what we talked about for the first half of class)

First Notes on Phonology (what we talked about for the second half of class)

Thursday February 9, 2012:

IPA Feature Chart (revised) – Chart with feature values of IPA symbols and all their phonetic features (revised/corrected 2/8/12)

Class Discussion on Syllabification and Phonotactic Constraints – Notes from our class discussion

Extra IPA Reading Practice Passage

Tuesday February 7, 2012:

Assignment 2 – Due Tuesday, February 14

Notes on Syllabification

Thursday February 2, 2012:

Guide to Vowel Features – This handout summarizes place and manner of articulation features for vowels

Tuesday January 31, 2012:

Assignment 1– Due Thursday February 9 (by the start of class). Note the change! there will be no extensions: no late homeworks will be accepted.

Assignment 1: my answers

IPA with Features – IPA symbols with partial list of the features that characterize them

IPA Feature Chart (revised) – Chart with feature values of IPA symbols andall their phonetic features (revised/corrected 2/8/12)

Guide to Consonant Features – This handout summarizes place and manner of articulation features for consonants

Phonetics and the IPA: An Overview – This handout summarizes the information we went over in class about the study of phonetics, the sound producing system, and the IPA

Thursday January 26, 2012:

IPA Chart with Symbols and Example Words – All IPA symbols you are responsible for knowing

Tuesday January 24, 2012:


Pinker Ch.1 and O’Grady Ch. 1.