Introduction to Linguistics

Carson T Schutze

Introduction to Linguistics

Linguistics department

Carson T Schutze

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Easiness of class 2.7
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Grades

Winter 2017
21.5%
17.9%
14.4%
10.8%
7.2%
3.6%
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Spring 2016
13.6%
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9.0%
6.8%
4.5%
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Spring 2015
17.9%
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8.9%
6.0%
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Winter 2014
15.5%
12.9%
10.3%
7.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
16.7%
13.9%
11.1%
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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%
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted April 1, 2019 Grade Received: A

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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 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: Spring 2018 Submitted July 9, 2018 Grade Received: A+

you have to like linguistics to like this class. if you do, you will. if you dont, you probably wont, because theres no slacking off and getting a decent grade. TAs and professor schutze made it easy to get help so you can manage if you just care. the downside to this professor is his lectures are not very engaging, but at least all the information is in the slides and lectures are always podcasted. usually only about 1/3 of the class would show up. it was kinda sad.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2018 Submitted June 25, 2018 Grade Received: A

The class is not extremely difficult per se, but it is definitely time consuming to say the least! The homework can be slightly tedious (and really time consuming) and the class is graded on a curve in which only the top 75% can earn a B- or above.

If you plan on taking this class, make sure to take the homework seriously! His exams are notably similar to the homework.

The lectures are not the most engaging thing ever, but the great thing about this class is that generally you don't even have to come to lecture because his powerpoint slides are exceedingly thorough for the most part. In addition, his lectures are BruinCasted, if that helps.

To anyone who is taking this class, make sure to really understand the subtle details given in the powerpoint slides! You might not expect it, but something as seemingly minuscule as "Canadian raising" or really bland syntactical theory can be brought up during exams!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2018 Submitted June 20, 2018 Grade Received: A-

The homeworks were unnecessarily long and so were the exams. Tedious and repetitive, but straightforward.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted Dec. 17, 2017 Grade Received: A

Took this class as a GE and had a great experience! The professor talks a little bit slow, but he is very clear and detailed. He would post recorded audio podcasts, so instead of going to lecture, I would just playback the podcasts at about 1.5x speed and followed along with the powerpoint slides.

If you want a good grade and/or simply want to learn the material well, I highly recommend get a copy of the Study Guide workbook that goes along with the textbook. It has a bunch of questions with an answer key. And these questions are almost identical to the homework questions you'll get (and the midterm and final as well).

Quarter Taken: Winter 2017 Submitted March 28, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Carson is a nice and articulate guy. His lectures aren't the most engaging ones but he does try his best to get everyone involve. All the slides are posted and lectures are bruincasted, and they are helpful when you're reviewing, for he organizes and explains most concepts well. Sometimes you would even say he is overexplaining things.

Probably the reason why it is a course that not that many people get an A is because he gives pretty hard tests to get a big wiggle room for curve. I remember the average score of the midterm was C+, something quite rare for a humanity course. And for the final we just had, there were a few people literally leaving one hour after the start (the test is 3 hours), because the questions were really edgy. Another challenge would be the homework that takes up 45% of the grade - for morphology and syntax they are generally ok yet they are considerably difficult in the Phonology unit, which happens to be taught first in the course. So getting a head start is extremely important for the course.

My suggestion for succeeding in this course is to get a study partner and go to your TA!! I had Scott, who is an amazing lecturer and super passionate about the material. The discussion sessions don't count into the total grade but try not to miss any one of them for they are super helpful.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2016 Submitted June 16, 2016 Grade Received: C

This class is very interesting. Schutze is a good professor but most of the learning comes from doing homework assignments (and reading) independently and asking questions in office hours and discussion sessions. If you go to every class and ask questions when you are confused, you can succeed in this class. A lot of my class understood the material and a lot of my class DID NOT. In order to make sure you understand and learn the material, you have to communicate with your TA and Schutze. I started to slack and therefore earned my letter grade of C when all I needed to do was go to office hours every week and I could have done just fine. You must also read the book! The book will save your life and teach you everything you need to know.

I started to struggle after the midterm...the class is long and I would nod off because Schutze does not have a loud or attention grabbing voice. If you can stay focused easily, you'll be fine.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted March 25, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

Seeing as how nobody has reviewed this professor in 3 years, I felt obligated to leave a message. I don't just rant on message boards either, I submitted the same critiques to him via evaluations and this is the first time I have felt so inspired to let others now about my experience.

Professor Schutze is disorganized, incoherent and professionally incapable of conveying his point. For an individual who has been teaching for "17 years," these shortcomings are even more egregious and significantly more aggravating for a student in his course. His lectures are lethargic and incomprehensible for most of the time. If you take this course, you will be teaching yourself the material via homework and section.

Before I go any further, I would like to point out that he is a nice man and he does genuinely care about his students's learning, but with regard to his competency as a professor I highly recommend you take another course. Especially if you are only taking this as GE Requirement because I can personally guarantee that this material will not interest you, especially when presented in this manner. To make things worse, Professor Schutze take relatively simple concepts - concepts that he knows he is presenting to a class comprised overwhelmingly of students who are not Linguistics majors - and magnifies there difficulty ten-fold.

This is coming from a student who earned a high passing grade in his class. Do not take it. You will work and it will frustrate you to no end. Cheers.

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  • Tough Tests

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