Winter 2016 - Honestly didn't expect to like Professor Smith as much as I did—initially, he makes it seem like the class will be extremely difficult and that he'll be a stickler about everything, but that isn't the case. He's really friendly, has a great sense of humor and sarcasm (not everyone gets it, but he's a funny guy), and really seems to care that we learn the material. A lot of the teaching can seem hand-wavy in the first half the class because this is just an intro class, but he does his best to explain things without getting overly complicated. The class does cover a *lot* of material, but Professor Smith did a good job of connecting back to old material when relevant. Really enjoyed the class and I hope to take another linguistics class with the professor. Weekly homework + quizzes in discussion (and the occasional lecture quiz), but only the top 10 quizzes count. Homework is sometimes difficult but not unmanageable; same with quizzes. He makes the class sound a lot harder than it will be (just check the grade distribution!) Also high recommendation for Adeline as your TA if she's an option!