Wednesday, Oct. 17: Linguistic Landscape & Language Ideologies.
Monday, Oct. 15: Linguistic Landscape
  • Homework: Read “Language Ideologyby J. Blommaert. This is an introductory article to language ideologies. The article contains a wealth of new information regarding authors and different fields, make sure to pay attention to the following sections: ideology & language (511-512), ideology & speech community (514-515), language ideologies, Norms & Social Dynamics (520). Answer the following questions: 1) Come up with a definition of language ideology in your own words – do not copy the text/article words (you can use an example) 2) Why and how are language ideologies relevant?
Wednesday, Oct. 10: Language Variation (Reagional & Social) / Presentation and material here
  • Reflective Essay #1 due: Submit a hard copy in class. Your paper should be no more than 2 pages, with 12pt Times New Roman Font and 1inch margins (double space). If you are using any material that is not your own in the paper, please cite (APA or MLA style).
  • Homework: Read “Introduction: The Study of the Linguistic Landscape as a New Approach to Multilingualism” by Durk Gorter. The language(s) you see and hear around you in public places convey powerful messages about what histories, cultures, and identities are valued right where you are. After reading about linguistic landscape, find and share (blog) pictures from your local linguistic landscape and answer the following questions: a) where was the picture taken? b) what language(s) are used? c) what do the signs say?
  • Examples: I am in Utah this weekend for a conference and I am sharing with you the linguistic landscape that I have experienced at Salt Lake City airport:

Monday, Oct. 8: NO CLASS – Columbus Day
Wednesday, Oct. 3:
Monday, Oct. 1: Language & Society
  • Who is who? activity and discussion
  • Homework: After our conversation today, write a comment on the blog – here / Give feedback to two of your classmates (Feedback chain):
    • Manisha: Malekie & Rose-Ericka
    • Malekie: Rose-Ericka & Scott
    • Rose-Ericka: Scott & Willaim
    • Scott: Lizbeth & Manisha
    • William: Lizbeth & Xavier
    • Lizbeth: Xavier & Alisia
    • Xavier: Alisia & Manisha
    • Alisia: Malekie & William
    • Daysi: Norely & Abigail
    • Norely: Abigail & Daysi
    • Abigail: Daysi & Norely
    • Brian: Amhed & Jessica
    • Amhed: Brian & Jessica
    • Jessica: Brian & Ameh
Wednesday, Sept. 26: 20th-Century Linguistics
  • Structural Linguistics – overview
  • Generative grammar – overview
  • Reflective Essay #1
    • Prewriting process: Prewriting is anything you do before you write a draft of your document. It includes thinking, taking notes, talking to others, brainstorming, outlining, and gathering information. Although prewriting is the first activity you engage in, generating ideas is an activity that occurs throughout the writing process.
  • Homework: Readings for next week (Can one person’s speech be better than another’s & Language and social variation) will help you drafting your essay. / Reflective Essay #1 due Monday, October 1st.
Monday, Sept. 24: Hisorty of Linguistics as a discipline
Wednesday, Sept. 18: NO CLASS
Monday, Sept. 17: What do we understand by “language”?
  • Homework: Read “Modern Linguistics 1800 to the Present Day – make sure to pay attention to the different “schools” / “movements” and ask yourself, how do they undestand language?
    • Comparative philology, Neogrammarians, Structuralism – William & Bryan
    • Ling. Geography, Ling. Anthropology, Ling. Relativity – Daysi 
    • Behaviorim, Distributionalism, Generativism – Lizbeth & Jessy
    • Sociolinguistics & Pragmatics, Speech-Act Theory, Lang. origins and nonhuman lang. – Scott & Natalia
  • Comments/Summary here (shared google doc)
Wednesday, Sept. 12: Introduction to the course / Language Myths
  • Homework:
    • Complete the questionnaire here
    • ReadThe Study of Language
    • After our discussion in class – pick one language myth and write a post about it. The blog posts are an opportunity to explore, expand and question your ideas and thoughts, at the same time that you are reflecting on your experience. They are a low-stake assignment, you will be evaluated based on clarity and depth of content, not based on grammar or spelling.
Dear students:
Welcome to ELL-101 “Inroduction to Language / Problematizing Language”! My name is Inés Vañó García and we will be working together this semester.

Our class meets Mondays at 10:30am (Room C-714) and Wednesday at 9:15am (Room C-128).
This will be our online platform/site. Here you will be able to find the material for this course and an updated syllabus. This is also a place where we will be able to share our thoughts, ideas and ask many questions.
Looking forward to working with you this semester.