LING-UA 1 Language: Spring 2017


Language (CORE exemptor, Societies and the Social Sciences)
Satisfies introductory course requirement for linguistics majors

Syllabus: PDF


LING-UA 1-001
Professor Lucas Champollion (homepage)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00AM - 12:15PM
Room 306, 194 Mercer Street (find on Foursquare)
Office hours: by appointment, room 404, 10 Washington Pl (Department of Linguistics)


LING-UA 1-002
TA: Philip Shushurin (
Thursdays, 3:30PM - 4:45PM
Location: Room LL23, 7 East 12th Street (between 5th Ave and University Pl, NYU SCPS) (find on Foursquare)
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:30PM or by appointment, room 204, 10 Washington Pl (Department of Linguistics)

LING-UA 1-003
TA: Yining Nie (
Thursdays, 4:55PM - 6:10PM
Location: Room C12, 60 Fifth Ave (between 5th Ave and 12th St, Forbes building)
Office hours: Mondays, 12:30 - 2:00PM or by appointment, room 407, 10 Washington Pl (Department of Linguistics)

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:

This course is an introductory survey of the field of linguistics—the scientific study of language. During the semester, we will look at questions like the following: Is speaking an instinctual or a learned behavior? Why do children acquire language so much faster and easier than adults, and what are the stages of acquisition? What do the native speakers of a language know about the language’s word structure, sentence structure, sentence meaning, and pronunciation? How is language processed in the brain? How and why did language evolve into such a complex system? How is language affected by social class and race?

The course will approach these questions from a scientific perspective, incorporating methodologies from mathematics and logic, as well as the social sciences (such as psychology and sociology). The course will not offer a humanities perspective on these questions, such as studied in the domains of critical theory, comparative literature, or rhetoric.

This course will provide you with the necessary background to continue your studies in linguistics at a more advanced level if you choose to. It satisfies the Introductory Course requirement for Linguistics majors and is a prerequisite for some of the other courses. Language is a CORE exemptor for CAS students; it satisfies the Societies and Social Sciences course requirement. The NYUClasses website will be used for official announcements.

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

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