Introduction to Study of Language

Nina Hyams

Introduction to Study of Language

Linguistics department

Nina Hyams

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  • Uses Slides
  • Needs Textbook
  • Tolerates Tardiness
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Spring 2017
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 17, 2019 Grade Received: A

Tons of homework in which they took your points off simply based on something minor and irrelevant. The midterm questions were poorly written and structured. Ling1 taught by this professor is by far the worst ling class I've taken. The other ling uppers are way better than this. However, the final was pretty easy.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted June 25, 2019 Grade Received: NR

I thought this was an extremely manageable and relatively easy GE. There is a midterm, a final, and 5 or 6 homework assignments. The homework assignments also take the place of an essay (so there's no essay!). You do need to have very basic knowledge of a second language for the homework, since the last question on each one requires you to compare English and another language.
If you have questions on homework, you can go to any TAs office hours for help. The answers are mostly standardized and graded exactly the same by all TAs.
The final mostly covers the second half, although it is cumulative. Both exams are multiple choice and if you study the slides and understand the concepts they are not difficult. I did not use the textbook at all after the first two weeks because I realized she covers everything you need to know in lecture. It's easier to get help on homework from TAs than from the book. I got the textbook and Hyams follows it closely (she is one of the coauthors). It can be humorous though. I highly recommend this class as an easier GE.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted April 12, 2019 Grade Received: A+

If you have already taken LING 20 and still need to fulfill a GE requirement (surprisingly enough, LING 1 counts as one of your Life Science GEs), then take this class. It will be a very easy A with a few new topics that you'd need to read up on in the textbook. Both the midterm and the final are all multiple choice. You only need to show up to section to turn in homework, so they won't grade you on participation. You can also earn extra credit by participating in up to 2 psychology experiments/studies, where each study you complete will result in 1% added to your final grade.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2019 Submitted March 30, 2019 Grade Received: A

Ling 1 with Professor Hyams definitely gave me a better insight into how language works and I enjoyed taking this course. The homework was often confusing, but the workload was very light with there only being 5 homework assignments all quarter. Truthfully, a lot of people who attended the lectures would just be on their phones or laptops doing other things because they know that professor just posts the lecture slides on CCLE. I think that after the midterm, the content became less interesting and the lectures felt like they just dragged on, which lead to fewer people paying attention in class. The midterm and finals were not too hard, they were both multiple choice exams. There is no Section participation grade, but going to section can be helpful and they don't post Homework solutions so that's the only way to check your answers. I wouldn't say this is an easy class, though the workload is light and all the slides are posted online, it's easy to get behind on readings and lecture slides. I think Professor Hyams was kind of funny and sweet, I'm glad I took the class with her.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 25, 2017 Grade Received: A

Ling 1 with Professor Hyams was an incredibly interesting class with manageable work. There is one midterm and one (cumulative, but second half topics more heavily emphasized) final, both multiple choice, as well as six homework assignments. There is the option to receive 2% extra credit for participating in studies–do it! The homework assignments are often vague, and are free response, so need more detail than the exams do. The textbook is useful in preparing for exams and to have open when completing homeworks, but not necessary to read before every class. It's expensive, but available online to rent for pretty cheap. Professor Hyams keeps the class interesting with guest lecturers and (almost funny they're so cliche) 80's style documentary videos. The material is interesting, and the course can count for life science GE credit, which is great for more north-campus oriented people. The midterm and final are fair, and easy if you have done the homeworks, gone to lecture and section, and studied a little. Great class!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2017 Submitted June 18, 2017 Grade Received: A+

Professor Hyams was a pretty good teacher and I did well in the class, but there is a lot of homework. It's not an easy science GE by any means.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 30, 2016 Grade Received: A

I thought this class was very interesting and not very difficult. There was only 1 midterm and a research paper and the final was straight off the textbook. If you read the book and do the homework you pretty much have a guaranteed a

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted March 14, 2016 Grade Received: A-

This class was tricky and it is not an easy GE. Every problem on the homework was graded and the final is fairly tricky with phonetics. Lectures are pointless, unless there is a video, just read the powerpoint notes.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 18, 2016 Grade Received: A+

Linguistics I is a straightforward class that is worth taking if you are willing to invest the time and energy into the course. Because this is a survey class on a subject nearly all students are unfamiliar with, you can not expect to automatically understand the concepts and theories without working. Professor Hyams is very knowledgeable and has been teaching the class for quite some time; there are no surprises in this class.

Midterm and Final are now multiple choice questions that test your ability to apply knowledge to linguistic examples. They are not easy, but fair. If you do the readings and attend lecture you will set yourself up for success in the class.

Professor Hyams also offers extra credit if you participate in a psychology study during the quarter. Take advantage of this opportunity! In the end of the quarter, completion of a study will raise your overall grade by 3%.

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

I took this class because I was shocked to see that it counted for a life science GE, which really appealed to me since I'm a PoliSci major and can't stand actual STEM courses. I expected it to be a typical humanities class, but now I totally see why it counts as a science credit.

Hyams is obviously extremely knowledgeable and passionate about linguistics. The problem is that she's accustomed to working with linguists, she isn't great at explaining simple concepts in a way that makes sense to people who know literally nothing about linguistics--which is everyone in Ling 1. During the sentence structure unit, I went to her office hours as some concepts explained in lecture confused me, and she happily clarified and really helped me understand.

Luckily, she posts the powerpoints to her CCLE and they are very thorough. Her lectures are impossible to stay awake in, so I recommend just studying the slides on your own time. I studied for the midterm using only the lecture slides and got an A, the textbook is helpful only for assignments and contains plenty of information not relevant to the course material.

Overall, this class is a great GE since it can fulfill either science or humanities. The material is fairly boring and the lectures are dreadful. Just stay home and study the slides, and you'll do just fine.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
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