LING 20

Introduction to Linguistics

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Dylan Bumford Full Profile > 5.0 Overall 5.0 Easiness 3.0 Workload 5.0 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness
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Roslyn Burns See Full Profile

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Attendance is mandatory in both lecture and discussion, but if you're not one who loves to participate, just focus your participation in discussion and you should get full points. She passes a sign-in sheet around lecture, but you kind of have to go anyway because she doesn't post her slides online (so lecture is the only place to get the handouts and notes). It's not always the most interesting material, but I thought it was fine most of the time, and the weekly HW was always manageable. The tests are just a packet that you have to fill out, so pretty much all question types can and will be asked. The tests weren't super easy, but it was also hard for me to find a way to study linguistics. I learned that paying attention in lecture, especially when she's going over her worksheets / handouts, prepared me well enough for the tests. There's one midterm and one cumulative final, so at the end of the quarter I just reviewed all the worksheets she gave us throughout the 10 weeks and I was just fine.

Winter Quarter 2017
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Peter Hallman See Full Profile

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Had him for Ling 20 and Syntax. I thought he was a great professor. There's no textbook. Just study the lecture notes and understand the homework, and you'll be in great shape. I recommend taking him.

June 25, 2010
Bruce Hayes See Full Profile

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If you need to take this class, taking it with Hayes is a great choice. He is an expert in his area. Just google him and you'll find him excellent. If you take it as an easy GE, this may not be a good choice. If you take it due to major requisite, the workload is not that heavy. This course is much more organized and detailed than LING 1, so it is indeed a good intro to linguistics.
The textbook is free and written by Professor Hayes. It's useful to review class materials. Midterm and final is not easy, but they are both open book and the professor gave us about two days to do it. Hayes explained things clearly and gently. He encouraged us to communicate with him in OH.
My TA Matthew is GOAT. He knows Mandarin very well and makes the discussion engaging. I don't know other TAs and professors of this class, but take it with Hayes and Matthew is definitely great.

Spring Quarter 2021
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