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ASIAN 401 A: Introduction To Asian Linguistics

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Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
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Nathan Loggins

Syllabus Description:

You can find all course materials through the Modules page.

A pdf of the syllabus can be found here.
A pdf of the (tentative) schedule can be found here.

This course is a general introduction to contemporary linguistics—the formal description and analysis of human language—with special reference to the languages of Asia. Students will learn the basic concepts and methodologies of linguistic inquiry and the linguistic features of Asian languages. Topics covered include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical and comparative linguistics, language classification and sociolinguistics. Note: This is an introductory course, and is probably not suitable for those who have had Linguistics 400 or other advanced linguistics courses. Speak to the instructor if you have questions.

Class:             TTh 1:30 – 3:20          Zoom University Virtual Campus, Meeting ID 932 4571 8230

Instructor:     Nathan Loggins | | UW Linguistics

Office hours: Mon. 3:00-4:00; Thurs 3:30-4:30, via

Texts:             Asian 401 Course Packet: Asian Linguistics Workbook (Under Files on Canvas). You will need your own copy of the course packet in class most days.

                        O’Grady, William et al. 2010. Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction (Seventh Edition; Sixth Edition should also work). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s. [ISBN #978-0-312-55528-3]. This book is ordinarily required for the class, as suggested readings mostly come from it.  I am strongly recommending it, as supplement to lecture material, but it is possible to take the course without it.

                        Goddard, Cliff. 2005. The Languages of East and Southeast Asia. Oxford University Press. [ISBN #978-0-199-24860-5.] On reserve as ebook to UW students via the UW library.]  (The fourth return when I search the UW Library catalog for “Goddard Cliff Languages East”.)

Grading:        Grades are calculated as follows:

  • Class Participation 10%
  • Homework 40%
  • Midterm Examination 20%
  • Final Examination 30%

Class Participation:  Students are expected to have completed the readings and exercises as indicated on the schedule, and to participate in classroom discussions and activities. Students with more than three unexcused absences will receive a reduction of credit in this category.

Exams:           Students are responsible for the content of all lectures, assigned readings, exercises, and homework assignments. No make-up exams will be given unless arranged in advance.

Late Policy:   Assignments must be submitted on Canvas by the end of the day on the due date. Homework assignments that are up to one class meeting late will lose 10% credit and up to two meetings late will lose 20% credit. Late homework will not be accepted after two class meetings without instructor approval.

Zoom Ettiquite:  Please keep your microphone muted, except when you have a question or comment (which I do hope is often.) Video, or an image, is always appreciated!


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  • Cheating (working collaboratively on quizzes/exams and discussion submissions, sharing answers and previewing quizzes/exams)
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  • Unauthorized collaboration (working with each other on assignments)

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Catalog Description: 
Linguistic analysis, with emphasis on languages of East, Southeast, South, and Central Asia. Includes phonetics, phonemics, morphology, syntax, historical reconstruction, linguistic typology, comparative grammar. Survey of major languages and language families of Asia. Diverse Asian languages as subjects of linguistic analysis. Prior knowledge of linguistics not required.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 20, 2020 - 11:00am