Introduction to Linguistics

Bruce P Hayes

Introduction to Linguistics

Linguistics department

Bruce P Hayes

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Fall 2016
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Summer 2016
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Fall 2006
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Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Feb. 4, 2019 Grade Received: C

I changed my major because of this class and this professor. The material of this course are naturally difficult to learn. However, professor Hayes never introduced us to the subject of linguistics even though this is an introductory course, so we basically went straight into the course material not really knowing what we were doing. Not to mention, he began teaching the course with the toughest material: syntax. His homework assignments are very tough. They mainly consist of data sets of words and/or sentences in various foreign languages and fake, made-up languages and asks you to apply course concepts to analyze them. The two exams are basically the homework assignments but 50 times harder.
Lack of organization: This professor along with his TA’s were SO disorganized. They lost my friend’s MIDTERM and a homework assignment of mine. Homework is a large part of your grade in this course, so my overall grade tanked. He gave me the option of redoing and resubmitting that homework assignment for credit, BUT LOST THAT ONE TOO and never responded to my emails, even when I tried to be flexible and send him a follow-up email in case he just missed the previously sent one. I went into this class so enthusiastic and hopeful because of the previously posted reviews on here, but was unfortunately very disappointed.
Take this class with Schutze if you can. He’s a least a little better. Also, try to avoid taking this class if it is offered as an 8am. You must be awake and ready to learn during lectures. He also gives a 1 point quiz at the beginning of every lecture for participation.
Good luck taking this class. I hope you love the subject. I wasn’t obsessed with it and this professor and his class made me not like it very much.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted Jan. 2, 2019 Grade Received: B+

I would not recommend taking this class unless you are absolutely required to. It is very demanding in terms of content and workload, especially for a lower division class. Homework can be difficult at times and requires much time/effort to understand and complete. I suggest going to office hours every week or joining a weekly study group to get through it. The midterm and final were very long and students should have been given more time to take the exams considering the type of questions he was asking. There were several questions on the midterm and final that covered things we had not learned in class. 9% of the class grade comes from daily quizzes given at the beginning of class, if you take it you get credit regardless of your answer. If you miss class you can make up the quiz in office hours. There is also a term paper worth 5% of the grade in which you must interview someone who speaks another language and analyze that language for a certain grammar phenomenon. Hint: avoid Mandarin and Japanese for this assignment. He offers 1% extra credit for participating in an experiment through the psych department. The end of the quarter felt very rushed, which was unfortunate because a good portion of the final had to do with the content that he taught at the end. Hayes wrote the textbook himself and provide a PDF to the class free of charge. One frustrating thing about this class is that the examples he used in class were almost always the same ones from the assigned reading, but he usually is more thorough in class so it is still worth attending. Overall if you go to class, take very, very detailed notes, and study for the midterm and final you should be able to pass comfortably. This is coming from someone who had no prior linguistics exposure.

Quarter Taken: Summer 2018 Submitted Aug. 10, 2018 Grade Received: B+

I took LING20 with Prof. Ozkan (She's usually a TA for this class, but in Summer she teaches it). Attendance mandatory due to daily 10 min quizes. Homeword was tudious, and every time I had to do the self-study since not everything was covered in the class. She gives 3% extra credit for SONA participation. Grading was hard, if even a small mistake is made in a large exercise - you get half credit. Also, it was almost impossible to argue with her about the grades, since she would never accept her own fault. Also, if you took a Ling 1 before, you can easily skip 1/2 of the course material.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2018 Submitted April 8, 2018 Grade Received: A

Professor Hayes is engaging, funny, kind, and overall a great! Staying on top of your work and asking for help immediately if you're stuck is key because you need to have mastered for the exams. If your goal is to take an easy GE, this is not the class for you (quizzes every lecture, homework every weekend, and not doing your lecture readings will leave you confused in class.) However, if you want a taste of linguistics from a cute and excited phonologist, it's the perfect place to be:)

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted Feb. 21, 2018 Grade Received: N/A

I truly do not understand why students praise this class. It was by no means easy, it was incredibly intense and the TA (mine in particular) was patronizing and gave me SO MUCH attitude if a concept confused me. There are better professors to take Ling 20 with but if you want to needlessly spend hours studying the material only to be blindsided by how difficult the homework and midterms are, then have at it. I was truly interested in linguistics but this class completely wiped out any interest. Hayes, I'm sure is great, but avoid this class at all costs. It's not worth the stress. This class left me feeling 'stupid' and will only worsen your imposter syndrome. Not worth it. No student should be left feeling stupified because of one class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Dec. 10, 2017 Grade Received: A

Bruce is hands down one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. Anyone who is interested in pursuing linguistics should be excited to know that if you're taking a class with any of the senior faculty of our department you are being taught by world-class linguists. Bruce is an amazing phonologist and is why I ended up pursuing phonological research with such interest.

I implore all linguistics majors to, if they can, take LING 20 with Bruce. He's incredible. His lectures are engaging, thought-provoking, and actually interesting. He's as great a teacher as he is researcher, and makes sure that he presents information in a way that is accessible to everyone. If you're having trouble understanding something he'd be happy to explain, and if you're ever pining for a more in-depth discussion on course content/linguistics Bruce is happy to engage. He also has a great sense of humor, which is something I look back fondly on!

The class itself isn't easy, though -- but there are no surprises. It is the filter class for the Linguistics majors, so you need to get a B+ or above. It is a lot of work. However, if you're truly passionate about the subject and put in the time, you will get a lot out of this class as it is excellent preparation for the upper division courses of the major.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 24, 2016 Grade Received: A

Professor Hayes is very organized. He teaches really systematically and very clearly. The class is basically structured around a textbook that he writes by himself, and he gives out the pdf for it so it's free! The workload is not bad: a weekly homework, a midterm, and a final. For me the main reason why I like this class and Professor Hayes a lot is how easy it is to follow since it's so organized, and you know what to expect every week.

The class as a whole is not that hard, but if you are looking for an easy GE then maybe this is not the class for you. As long as you do the exercises and the homework, you should be able to do the midterm and the final just fine.

Overall, great class and great professor! I especially recommend it to people who are doing any Linguistic-related major or minor.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 3, 2016 Grade Received: A

I thought this class was great, coming from a background of already knowing some linguistics. The problem sets were informative and fun but not too long, the tests adquately represented the homeworks and lectures, and the whole class was extremely well organized and progressed well through the different subjects of linguistics. There were lots of concrete examples given that helped see real-world applications of the subject matter. On top of all of that, Professor Hayes is wonderfully engaging and energetic, in addition to being quite funny. I would recommend this class if you have an interest in really learning what a variety of linguistic fields are like.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 5, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Very effective and his lecture is fun if you really love linguistics. For those who don't like linguistics, you may find this class interesting and much easier than linguistic 1, since you only need to understand the homework and there is nothing to memorize. All date will be given during the test. Do go to the lecture since attendance makes up a lot. Each class you will be assigned a little quiz and you will be given full credited no matter you do it correctly or not. And the entire class is curved, so about 70 out of 200 will get grade A- or higher. TAs are almost full-time, and their discussions are the only ones that keep me from sleeping. Overall, you can enjoy the class and learn a lot.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Feb. 23, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Prof. Hayes is a very effective and inspiring lecturer. He keeps his website updated and organized(even his personal lecture note in case we need clarification). His assignments are usually clear and full of notes to eliminate any ambiguity.

As a professor he is enthusiastic and charismatic. He also is a highly intelligent scholar who makes sure his every word is loaded with sense and logic. Talking to Prof. Hayes is undoubtedly one of the best professor interaction you can get at ucla - he listens intensively and answers in a well-organized manner, and most of the time with some extra mind-stimulating questions for students to further ponder on.

As far as the class goes - it is a lot of information in a short period of time. You'll find yourself with lots of fun and applicable new ideas at the end of the quarter. That is to say, if you want an easy A, take Ling1 instead; if you want a meaning GE experience and think you might enjoy linguistics, definitely take this class.

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