Answers to the Sample Final Exam

posted Apr 30, 2016, 1:47 PM by Lynn Gordon

The answers to the sample final exam are now posted here and linked on the Course Materials page.  It is protected with the Class Dropbox password.

Question:  How do we answer the question about the order of morphemes (question 8(b))?
Answer: After you’ve identified the morphemes, pick out the words with the most morphemes—then pull them apart and state the order in which they occur.  So from the Turkish data, 

ellerinize  ‘to your (pl) hands’ = el-ler-in-iz-e   ‘hand’ Noun Root - Plural - 2nd Person Possessor - Plural Possessor - ‘to’ Case Marker
evlerimiz  ‘our houses’ = ev-ler-im-iz                 ‘house’ Noun Root - Plural -1st Person Possessor - Plural Possessor - no Case Marker

Check some  shorter words:

ev-im-iz   ‘our house’ = ‘house’ Noun Root - 1st Person Possessor - Plural Possessor

el-ler  ‘hands’

el-ler-im  ‘my hands’

Now you can see, when a word contains all the overt morphemes it can, they come in the order

                    Noun Root - Plural -  Person of Possessor - Plural Possessor -  Case Marker

Only the noun root must occur to make a noun, so

                    Noun Root (- Plural) (- Person of Possessor) (- Plural Possessor) (-  Case Marker)

English Compounds Handout

posted Apr 29, 2016, 3:02 PM by Lynn Gordon

As noted in class today, I forgot to post the handout on English compounds.  It's now linked to the Course Materials page and available here.

Last Homework Assignment

posted Apr 22, 2016, 4:26 PM by Lynn Gordon

Do the sample final exam (available here) and distributed in class, before class on Friday, 29 April 2016.

Assignment extended to Friday, 22 April.

posted Apr 19, 2016, 3:03 PM by Lynn Gordon

Please remember to turn in the last page on Regional Dialect handout so we can discuss the results in class on Friday.

Sample Questions for Quiz 6 (Scheduled for Monday, 11 April)

posted Apr 8, 2016, 7:01 PM by Lynn Gordon

  1. Given the following set of English words, please describe their semantic relationships in terms of synonymy, hyponymy, and antonymy. If the words are opposites, identify them as complementary antonyms, gradable antonyms, converses or reverse antonyms.      speak     yell     whisper   scream     shout   
  2. Use the notion of analytic, contradictory and synthetic sentences to describe the differences in the meaning and truth values in these sentences.

                a. My boss is a man.

                b. The queen of England is a man.

                c. My paternal grandfather is my father's father.

  3. The utterance  The organist extracted himself from the wreckage  presupposes that _________________________________________________________

  4. Grice stated a set of maxims or postulates which he proposed govern the speech of a cooperative participant in a conversation. The maxims are listed below. Using whichever of these maxims seems relevant (either as something being adhered to or being violated), explain how the following remark could be interpreted as a compliment and how they could be interpreted as an insult.

    What can I say about that movie? Well, the music was beautiful. 

    Be specific as to what conditions must hold for each interpretation and how those conditions together with the Gricean maxims determine the hearer's interpretation. 

    Grice's Maxims ("Logic and conversation", in Syntax and Semantics: Speech Acts, 1975, edited by Peter Cole and Jerry Morgan: 45-7):

    1. The Maxim of Quantity
       a.  Make your contribution as informative as is required (for the current purposes of the exchange).
       b.  Do not make your contribution more informative than is required.

    2.  The Maxim of Quality: Try to make your contribution one that is true.
       a.  Do not say what you believe to be false.
       b. Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence.

    3. The Maxim of Relevance: Be relevant.

    4. The Maxim of Manner: Be perspicuous.   
       a. Avoid obscurity of expression.
       b. Avoid ambiguity.
       c. Be brief (avoid unnecessary prolixity).
       d. Be orderly.

Semantics Homework

posted Apr 2, 2016, 3:46 PM by Lynn Gordon

The semantics homework is linked on the Course Materials page and here and due in the Class Dropbox before class on Wednesday, 6 April.

Next Quiz

posted Mar 25, 2016, 9:16 PM by Lynn Gordon

The next quiz is scheduled for Monday, 28 March.  It will consist of the same kind of questions as those on the last homework assignment.

First Syntax Homework

posted Mar 21, 2016, 4:24 PM by Lynn Gordon

The first syntax homework is available here and on the Course Materials page.

Next Quiz

posted Mar 2, 2016, 4:27 PM by Lynn Gordon

The next quiz is scheduled for Friday, 4 March.

Morphology Assignment #2 Due Date Change

posted Feb 27, 2016, 12:57 AM by Lynn Gordon

Morphology Assignment #2 is now due before class on Wednesday, 2 March 2016.

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