LING-UA 1 Language: Fall 2013


Language (MAP exemptor)
Satisfies introductory course requirement


LING-UA 1-001
Professor Lucas Champollion (homepage)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2PM - 3:15PM
Room 208, Silver Center for Arts and Science (find on Foursquare)


LING-UA 1-002
Neil Myler (homepage)
Thursdays, 4:55PM - 6:10PM
Room LL27, 7 East 12th St (Fairchild Building) (find on Foursquare)

LING-UA 1-003
Tim Mathes (homepage)
Mondays, 3:30PM - 4:45PM
Room 104, 10 Washington Place (Dept. of Linguistics) (find on Foursquare)

Required textbook:

An Introduction to Language, 10th Edition
Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams
ISBN: 1-133-31068-0
Available used (possibly) and new at the NYU Bookstore, to buy or rent
Also available as an ebook, to buy or rent
Note: you can probably get by with the 9th instead of the 10th edition, but use at your own risk.

Course description:

Nature or nurture? Linguistics is a science that systematically addresses this puzzle, and its results in recent decades offer a uniquely interesting support for the answer: “Both”. Language is a social phenomenon, but all human languages share elaborate and specific structural properties. The conventions of speech communities exist, exhibit variation, and change within the strict confines of universal grammar, part of our biological endowment. Universal grammar is discovered through the careful study of the structures of individual languages, by cross-linguistic comparisons, and the investigation of the brain. This course studies the core areas of grammar, the sound system, the structure of words and sentences, and meaning, set into this context.

You can have a look at the websites of past installments of this course at

Updated on 06/26/2013
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