LING302-18A (HAM)

Language Typology

20 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Arts
General and Applied Linguistics

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Paper Description

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In this course, students are introduced to the area of linguistic typology that involves an investigation of morphological and syntactic structures of the world’s languages. Some discussion of phonology is also included. Topics in morphosyntax introduced in LING231 General Linguistics are developed, and further topics are introduced, using data from a variety of languages spoken around the world. This course has a strong practical orientation and students will complete a number of practical tasks in language analysis, focusing on case-study languages.

During this course, students will be given the opportunity to acquire theoretical knowledge along with analytical skills to describe linguistic data from a variety of languages. Having learned about typological research and the formulation of typological statements, students will be assessed on their ability to analyse morphosyntactic data in any given language.
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Paper Structure

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This course is taught through lectures and attendance is considered compulsory.

Students are encouraged to work together outside of formal lectures. Assessment is designed such that the Interlinearisation tasks can be completed in small groups. Study groups are invited to make use of the Linguistics Meeting Room in I3.08.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • identify and describe the functions of nominal morphology and verbal morphology
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Assignment 1 - Interlinearisation 1 (1)
    Assignment 2 - Interlinearisation 2 (3)
    Final Test (5)
  • identify the basic categories in a language, using semantic and morphosyntactic criteria
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Assignment 1 - Interlinearisation 1 (1)
    Assignment 2 - Interlinearisation 2 (3)
    Final Test (5)
  • carry out a word order analysis of novel language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Assignment 1 - Interlinearisation 1 (1)
  • carry out a morphosyntactic alignment analysis of novel language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Assignment 1 - Interlinearisation 1 (1)
    Assignment 2 - Interlinearisation 2 (3)
  • identify and describe valence changing processes in a novel data set
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Assignment 2 - Interlinearisation 2 (3)
  • analyse interactive/complex constructions
    Students will be able to create a relevant data set to investigate an interactive/complex structure. The data will be presented according to disciplinary standards, and accompanied by a technical analysis using appropriate terminology.
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Research Report (6)
  • evaluate language data for its typological regularity
    Having completed the analysis of a novel data set, students will be able to make observations about the typological regularity or uniqueness of the behaviour of the language data, as compared with data sets reported in the relevant typological literature.
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Research Report (6)
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1 - Interlinearisation 1
16 Mar 2018
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box (FASS)
2. Assignment 1 - Analysis 1
6 Apr 2018
4:30 PM
20
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box (FASS)
3. Assignment 2 - Interlinearisation 2
4 May 2018
4:30 PM
10
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box (FASS)
4. Assignment 2 - Analysis 2
25 May 2018
4:30 PM
25
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box (FASS)
5. Final Test
5 Jun 2018
3:00 PM
20
  • Other: Hand in to lecturer I3.09A
6. Research Report
18 Jun 2018
4:30 PM
20
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box (FASS)
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Payne, Thomas E. 2006. Exploring Language Structure: A student’s guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Recommended Readings

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A detailed reading list will be provided in class. Students will be able to access some readings as PDFs through Waikato Reading Lists. Other readings come from books available in the library.

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Online Support

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There is an online Moodle community for this course. Moodle can be accessed via iWaikato. Lecture presentations, assignment details, important dates and the paper outline are all available from this site.
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Workload

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20 points of a full year programme (120 points).

This paper involves three contact hours per week, supported by reading and problem solving of up to 10 hours per week, with additional hours required for the preparation of formal assessment.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a core component in the linguistics major, building on principles and analytic techniques introduced in LING131 Describing Language, LING230 Exploring English, and LING231 General Linguistics.
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