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Syllabus - Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

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Course Code/Title : INTRODUCTION TO DESCRIPTIVE LINGUISTICS

Prerequisite : ENG 1
Course Credit : 3 units

Course Description:

Provides an overview of linguistics as a discipline, its development, levels of structure, and its
significance to English language teaching.

Course Objectives:

At the end of the semester, the students should be able to:

discuss the origin and nature of human language;

identify the different writing systems;

identify phones by their properties;

transcribe words using the International Phonetic Alphabet;

identify the different word formation processes;


diagram the structure of a sentence;

identify the types of word meaning;

give the meaning of expressions according to the context;

express their appreciation to the uniqueness of human language; and

to have integrated the PCU and CASTE values.

Course Outline:

TIME FRAME CONTENT/SUBJECT MATTER

Week 1 I. Introduction to the Course

A. Getting to know the instructor, the students, and the course

B. Distribution of course syllabus

C. Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

Week 2 II. The origin of human language

-- Theories on the origin of human language

Week 3 III. The characteristics of human language

-- Human language vs. Animal communication

Quiz 1

Week 4 IV. Graphology

-- Types of writing systems

Week 5 V. Articulatory Phonetics

A. The speech mechanism

B. Places of articulation

C. Manners of articulation
Quiz 2

Week 6 PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

Week 7-8 VI. Phonology

A. Phones, Phonemes, and Allophones

B. Minimal pairs and sets

C. Phonotactics and syllables

D. Co-articulation processes

Quiz 3

Week 8-9 VII. Morphology

A. Word-formation processes

B. Kinds of morphemes

Quiz 4

Week 9-11 VIII. Syntax

A. Traditional grammar analysis

B. Immediate constituent analysis

C. Structural analysis

D. Phrase structure rules

E. Tree diagramming

Quiz 5

Week 12 MIDTERM EXAMINATION

Week 13-15 IX. Semantics

A. Conceptual and associative meaning


B. Semantic roles

C. Lexical relations

Quiz 6

Week 16-17 X. Pragmatics

A. Context

B. Reference and inference

C. Presupposition

D. Speech acts

E. Politeness

Quiz 7

Week 18 FINAL EXAMINATION