Linguistics 4195 Cognitive Linguistics Course Home (Fall 2014)


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Instructor: Chongwon Park, Ph.D.

Office Hours: 10:00 - 10:55AM, MW (H 431)

Class Time: 3:00 - 3:50, MWF (MonH 208)

Required Texts:

Cognitive Grammar: A Basic Introduction (Ronald Langacker, Oxford)

Course Description:

In this course, students learn a theoretical framework called Cognitive Grammar (CG), which is a radical alternative to the generative theory discussed in Introduciton to Syntax (LING 3102). Starting with the fundamental notions of CG, essential aspects of the theory are discussed in depth. Among the topics surveyed are conceptual semantics, grammatical classes, grammatical constructions, among others. After learning the integral parts of CG, students will learn how to apply the fundamental notions to nominals, clauses, and complex sentence structures in English and other languages. The learning outcomes of this class will be [1] the acquisition of the ability to analyze complex sentence structures in English, [2] the acquisition of analytical thinking skills that can be extended to a similar type of problem solving, and [3] the ability to provide a detailed CG analysis of a limted set of English data.

Requirements:

You will have a total of 7 assignments, 1 class presentation, 1 mid-term, and 1 final paper. All the assignments and the exam are problem-solving questions. After the mid-term, each student will be assigned one recent article that adopts CG in its analysis. Each student is required to present the assigned article with his/her critical assessment. In lieu of a final exam, students are required to write a final paper. Students should consult me to find an appropriate topic after the mid-term. Upon my approval, students are allowed to start writing their papers. Students are encouraged to consult me on a regular-basis during the writing process. The deadline of the paper is December 17, 2012 (4pm).

Attendance and Evaluation:

It is important for you to be present for every class. Every homework assignment should be turned in on the due date (or before the due date) in class. Evaluation will be based on the following weight. IMPORTANT: I DO NOT accept late assignments (no exceptions). E-mail submissions WILL NOT be accepted.

Total Number
Perfect Points
Total points
Homework
7
7 (per homework)
49
Mid-term
1
14
14
Presentation
1
7
7
Final paper
1
30
30
Total
100

While students are expected to attend every single class period, there are circumstances that lead to excused absence from the classroom. Excused absences are defined at http://www.duluth.umn.edu/vcaa/ExcusedAbsence.html. To be eligible for an excused absence, a student must provide written documents such as a doctor's note and/or a letter from his/her advisor. For each class you miss, 1 point will be deducted, but if your attendance is perfect (any absences being excused) you will receive 3 bonus points.

Final Grades:

Course Schedule for Fall 2012:

Date
Topic
Assignments and Due Dates
Required Reading
Sep. 5 (W)
Introduction
   
Sep. 7 (F)
Orientation
 
Ch. 1
Sep. 10 (M)
Orientation
Ch. 1
Sep. 12 (W)
Class cancelled!
Sep. 14 (F)
Coneptual Semantics
Ch. 2
Sep. 17 (M)
Conceptual Semantics
Ch. 2
Sep. 19 (W)
Construal
Ch. 3
Sep. 21 (F)
Construal
Ch. 3
Sep. 24 (M)
Construal
Assignment 1 (Due Oct. 1)
Ch. 3
Sep. 26 (W)
Grammatical Classes
Ch. 4
Sep. 28 (F)
Grammatical Classes
Ch. 4
Oct. 1 (M)
Grammatical Classes
Ch. 4
Oct. 3 (W)
Major Subclasses
Ch. 5
Oct. 5 (F)
Major Subclasses
Ch. 5
Oct. 8 (M)
Major Subclasses
Assignment 2 (Due Oct. 15)
Ch. 5
Oct. 10 (W)
Constructions 1
Ch. 6
Oct. 12 (F)
Constructions 1
Ch. 6
Oct. 15 (M)
Constructions 1
Assignment 3 (Due Oct. 29)
Ch. 6
Oct. 17 (W)
Constructions 2
Ch. 7
Oct. 19 (F)
Constructions 2
Ch. 7
Oct. 22 (M)
Constructions 2
Assignemt 4 (Due Nov. 7)
Ch. 7
Oct. 24 (W)
Rules and Restrictions
Ch. 8
Oct. 26 (F)
Rules and Restrictions
Ch. 8
Oct. 29 (M)
Rules and Restrictions
Ch. 8
Oct. 31 (W)
Mid-term
Nov. 2 (F)
Grounding
Ch. 9
Nov. 5 (M)
Grounding
Ch. 9
Nov. 7 (W)
Grounding
Assignment 5 (Due Nov. 14)
Ch. 9
Nov. 9 (F)
Nominal Structure
Ch. 10
Nov. 12 (M)
Nominal Structure
Ch. 10
Nov. 14 (W)
Nominal Structure
Ch. 10
Nov. 16 (F)
Clause Structure
Ch. 11
Nov. 19 (M)
Clause Structure
Ch. 11
Nov. 21 (W)
Clause Structure
Assignment 6 (Due Nov. 28)
Ch. 11
Nov. 23 (F)
No class!
Campus closed
Nov. 26 (M)
Complex Sentences
Ch. 12
Nov. 28 (W)
Complex Sentences
Ch. 12
Nov. 30 (F)
Complex Sentences
Assignment 7 (Due Dec. 7)
Ch. 12
Dec. 3 (M)
Discourse
Ch. 13
Dec. 5 (W)
Student Presentation
Dec. 7 (F)
Student Presentation
Dec. 10 (M)
Student Presentation
 
Dec. 12 (W)
Student Presentation
 
Dec. 14 (F)
Summary
   
Dec. 17 (M)
Final Paper

 

 

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Appropriate Classroom Conduct:

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code (http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/code). Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, checking email, or surfing the Internet or Facebooking (or facebooking) on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities.