LINGS302-22B (HAM)

Comparative Linguistics

15 Points

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General and Applied Linguistics

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Paper Description

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In this paper, students are introduced to the area of comparative/typological linguistics that involves an investigation of morphological and syntactic structures of the world’s languages. The paper particularly highlights structural properties and processes observed in Te Reo Māori and the Oceanic languages.

The course has a strong practical orientation and students will complete a series of five smaller pieces of analysis in term one, and two significant pieces of language analysis in term two. Students will be given the opportunity to acquire theoretical knowledge along with analytical skills to analyse and describe linguistic data from a variety of languages. Having learned about comparative linguistic research and the formulation of typological generalisations, students will be assessed on their ability to analyse morphosyntactic properties and processes in novel data sets.
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Paper Structure

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This course is taught through the combination of a two hour practical workshop (timetabled as a lecture) and online learning materials provided in moodle each week. Attendance at the weekly workshop is considered compulsory and time will be spent on assessment preparation in those sessions. Generally, attendance in person is preferred; however students may also attend via Zoom. In the case of lecturer illness, workshops will be offered by Zoom where possible.

Students are encouraged to work together outside of the weekly lectures. Assessment is designed such that basic analysis can be completed in small groups. Study groups are invited to make use of the Linguistics Meeting Room in I3.08 or other spaces on campus or online.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Identify the basic categories in a language, using semantic and morphosyntactic criteria
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Task 1 - Language Analysis & Description (1)
    Task 2 - Language Analysis & Description (2)
    Task 3 - Language Analysis & Description (3)
  • Identify and account for allomorphy in language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Task 1 - Language Analysis & Description (1)
    Task 2 - Language Analysis & Description (2)
    Task 3 - Language Analysis & Description (3)
  • Identify and describe the functions of morphology associated with the noun and verb
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Task 1 - Language Analysis & Description (1)
    Task 2 - Language Analysis & Description (2)
    Task 3 - Language Analysis & Description (3)
    Task 4 - Language Analysis & Description (4)
    Task 5 - Language Analysis & Description (5)
  • Identify and explain morphosyntactic processes in language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Task 3 - Language Analysis & Description (3)
    Task 4 - Language Analysis & Description (4)
    Task 5 - Language Analysis & Description (5)
    Extended Analysis 2 (7)
  • Complete a word order analysis of novel language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Extended Analysis 1 (6)
  • Complete a morphosyntactic alignment analysis of novel language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Extended Analysis 1 (6)
    Extended Analysis 2 (7)
  • Identify and describe valence changing processes in a novel language data
    Linked to the following assessments:
    Extended Analysis 2 (7)
  • Evaluate language data for its typological regularity
    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:
    Extended Analysis 1 (6)
    Extended Analysis 2 (7)
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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. Task 1 - Language Analysis & Description
29 Jul 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Task 2 - Language Analysis & Description
5 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Task 3 - Language Analysis & Description
12 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Task 4 - Language Analysis & Description
26 Aug 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Task 5 - Language Analysis & Description
9 Sep 2022
No set time
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Extended Analysis 1
7 Oct 2022
No set time
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Extended Analysis 2
4 Nov 2022
No set time
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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.

An electronic copy of this book is available in the University library.

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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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This paper is taught via a 2 hour practical lecture each week, as well as through online learning materials delivered through Moodle. Students can use the private Ask the Lecturer function in Moodle to communicate with the lecturer about the paper.
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Workload

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15 points of a full year programme.

This paper involves two contact hours per week, supported by online learning materials, reading, and problem solving of up to 8 hours per week throughout the trimester. During non-teaching weeks, students are expected to engage in 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 LINGS201 General Linguistics and LINGS202 Exploring English.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: LINGS201 or LING204

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