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August 3, 2007

View the Syllabus

The syllabus is posted at

You can also access it in the ANGEL Course Managment System.

August 21, 2007

Adopt a Language & Blogs

Adopt a Language is a research activity where you will purchase a low-cost language textbook for a language you are unfamiliar with and apply simple phonological analyses to the data found within the textbook in a blog journal.

See Where to Find Language Textbooks for more details.

Activating Blogs

You will be asked to use the Blogs at Penn State system this semester for your Adopt a Language journals (accounts will be assigned to you).

Before you can use the Blogs at Penn State you must activate your Personal Web Space by filling out the form at

Additional instructions will be provided in the first week of class.

August 28, 2007

Why did I study linguistics?

I've always been interested in languages, but I probably got hooked on linguistics after taking Latin for a few years and then comparing it to Spanish and French.

I moved on to Welsh and other Celtic languages for heritage reasons, but also got a chance to study Sinhala (Sri Lanka) and some Sanskrit.

If there's one thing I have learned, is that there are no boring languages out there.

Blog Instructions Posted in ANGEL

Instructions for how to activate your blog are posted in ANGEL (

Please activate your blog and write an initial post about your major and why you picked linguistics as a minor by Tue, Sept 4, 9AM.

See the previous post as an example.

August 30, 2007

Phonetics Sites with Sound Charts

The University of Victoria in British Columbia has a nice site of the IPA chart with linked sound files at

There are some other links to sounds samples listed at

About August 2007

This page contains all entries posted to LING 404 Fall 2007 in August 2007. They are listed from oldest to newest.

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