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The principles and practices of linguistics are learned by doing rather than reading and reciting. Each week, we'll work with a chapter Curzan. By work with I mean read the chapter, practice with some selected exercises, and then compare what you've found by working with those exercises. In class meetings we'll further consider and discuss the concepts of the chapter.

On some weeks, when the area of linguistics demands, I'll give brief in-class quizzes - phonetic transcription and morphemic analysis, for instance, but there may be others. You'll know a week in advance.

The mid-term will ask you to perform a stylistic analysis of a text that I select. I'm drawing the mid-term from Curzan:

> In consultation with your instructor, choose a text (other than transcribed conversation) on which to perform a stylistic analysis. Try to employ all of the linguistics you’ve studied so far (phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, pragmatics, and speech act theory) in making sense of the text in question. (Curzan, 308)

For the final, I'll ask you to select a book that addresses an area of linguistic study in more detail and develop a small project that applies a linguistic principle of that book. You'll have two to three weeks near end of semester to work on this project when you won't have to prepare for class. We won't meet as a class those weeks but we will have conferences individually.
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