Introduction to Linguistics

Carson T Schutze

Introduction to Linguistics

Linguistics department

Carson T Schutze

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Overall 3.6
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Easiness of class 3.0
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Workload 2.8
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Clarity of professor 3.5
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Helpfulness of professor 3.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests

Grades

Winter 2017
21.5%
17.9%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
0.0%
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A
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B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
13.6%
11.3%
9.0%
6.8%
4.5%
2.3%
0.0%
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A
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B+
B
B-
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
17.9%
14.9%
11.9%
8.9%
6.0%
3.0%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
15.5%
12.9%
10.3%
7.7%
5.2%
2.6%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
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D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
16.7%
13.9%
11.1%
8.3%
5.6%
2.8%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
18.5%
15.4%
12.3%
9.3%
6.2%
3.1%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 5, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

Professor's lecture are dry, difficult to pay attention in class. However, course materials were organized and his lecture slides were very helpful. Weekly homeworks take a ton of time to do, and the answers that the professor is looking for is super specific. It is difficult to not get a ton of points marked off on the homeworks. I also believe that the textbook should not be required for this class. The professor always makes a bunch of edits that override the information found in the textbook, thereby causing a lot of confusion to me and other students.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 16, 2019 Grade Received: A

I found Professor Schutze to be a rather slow and boring lecturer. His slides are great, so if you find him to be too boring you could probably get by with the slides he emails everyone before class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 27, 2019 Grade Received: A+

TL;DR - I really enjoyed this class and highly recommend it to those who are interested in linguistics or want to major in it or something related (like one of the ling & ______ dual majors). If you aren't interested, you'll probably find this class tedious and boring.

Prof. Schutze is extremely thorough (sometimes a little unnecessarily so) in his explanations of course material and answers to students' questions, as well as corrections to the textbook content and study guide answers. He also sticks to the syllabus schedule very closely. The TAs are also very organized and welcoming of questions.

I found that whatever was confusing to me during lecture was always cleared up for me in discussion section through asking questions and doing practice exercise, so it's extremely valuable and worthwhile to go to discussion every week, ESPECIALLY because it helps a lot on the homework too (which is worth nearly half your grade).

Make sure you do your homework thoroughly and ask classmates/friends for help (or even if you're sure of your answers, just double-check with them so you can maximize your points)! Do the psych pool EC experiments early on in the quarter (I finished all of mine by Week 5)!

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 6, 2019 Grade Received: A+

I found Professor Schutze to be a really boring and confusing lecturer, but the class wasn't that hard. The homeworks can be long, so it's really helpful to find someone to check your answers with. There's 3% extra credit for studies.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 31, 2019 Grade Received: A

I have to say I was a bit nervous for this class just because I heard about how time-consuming ling20 (for any professor) can be. However, the class' pace and the homework was all very fair and straightforward.

I do think Schutze is a phenomenal lecturer. He presents the information clearly and concisely. The only issue I had was that I wish he touched more on the conceptional information in the class (since the final in particular is concept-heavy).

Discussions do help when you're confused. I just wished that my TA did a quick review before we dove into practice so that one could tell if we actually did understand the lecture or not. Overall, I did like this class and I feel fortunate to have taken it with Schutze and the TA I had.

Advice: try to do (or at least start) the homework before your discussion. It's a good gage to see if you understand that week's lesson or not. Be sure you study the concepts, the final ask you a lot of whys. Do the extra credit! It's easy and if you're lucky like me, one might be solely online.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 8, 2020 Grade Received: A

If you're taking this class for a GE, you probably shouldn't. It's by no means a hard class, but it's definitely not the easy A you're looking for. Homework almost every week, and a bit on the longer side (but not hard!)
He Bruincasts his lectures, which is nice. He's very clear in his teaching so you should be able to do everything on the exams.
I also think the grade distribution for Winter 2019 is inaccurate here, so don't be afraid to take his class. Not sure if there are easier Ling 20 professors out there (I'm guessing there are), but Schutze is fair -- not super easy, not super hard. I do however think that he teaches more content than others. My peers that took Ling 20 with others told me that they learned a lot less in syntactic theory than I did. However, I really enjoyed how Schutze taught syntax so I didn't mind.
Last bit of advice: my TA carried me in this class. Go to discussion!!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 20, 2019 Grade Received: A

This class is required for Ling major so there is a rule that only 70% of the students can have B- and above. The other 30% might retake the class if they still want to be in Ling major.

Lectures are quite boring, not engaging to me. Everything is on the slides and is broadcasted. Textbook and Study Guide are sometimes helpful. However, the professor usually corrects what is wrong in those materials. That confuses me- to the point that I don't want to read the textbook. But the midterms may have questions about definitions and concepts in the textbook and on his slides.

He offers extra credits (please do it) and it boosts my grade a lot. The participation point is not clear even though I never missed class and attend office hours every week. Homework might be tough at first but I found office hours with TA super helpful. Don't give up after the first few homework because they will get easier. The homework weights heavily in the overall grade so try your best to have high grades.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 6, 2019 Grade Received: N/A

He has extremely detailed lecture slides and goes over things thoroughly. His lecture however can be somewhat boring. Overall a very good (although kinda boring) learning experience. If you are really interested in linguistics do take his class, otherwise stay away.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 26, 2019 Grade Received: B-

Lectures are confusing, long, and boring. The midterm and final were the worst. The final contained unrecognizable material. The TAs were very helpful but overall I would not recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 1, 2019 Grade Received: A

Overall the lectures aren’t the most engaging, but Schutze is very clear in his lectures/slides and answers all questions very detailed. He posts the slides which are very helpful when studying and the weekly homework assignments are definitely doable if you take advantage of any of the TAs’ office hours.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Is Podcasted
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests
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