Topic: Language and Law
Spring 2018
MWF 12:10-1:00
Avery 106
Instructor: Dr. Lynn Gordon

Recent Announcements

  • The Last Week of Classes

    1.  No written assignment this week:  Homework 9 is our last written assignment.

    2.  Preparation for Monday -- Reading

    Required reading:

    Make a first pass on the final case in Labov and Harris.  This has lots of technical linguistics, as illustrated in Figures 11.3 - 11.6b.   We'll be working through the linguistics in class,  but for Monday you have the non-technical side of the case under control.

    Optional reading:

         These are posted on the class website, with the usual password; note the suggested page numbers.  If you make a preliminary pass through this,  it will help with the class presentations.  If the class presentation is confusing, referring to this may help.

    Peter Ladefoged.  2001/2006.  A Course in Phonetics
            Chapter 1 (2006):  Articulation & Acoustics: 
                Vowels pp. 11-13
            Chapter 2 (2006): Phonology & Phonetic Transcription:
                Intro pp. 1-2;  Vowels and charts pp. 4-7
            Chapter 8 (2001):  Acoustic Phonetics:  
                Vowels and formants pp.170-8, 190-3;   Figs 8.7, 8.9, 8.21, 8.22
                Individual differences and speaker identification pp. 194-6, Fig 8.22

    3.  IThe take-home final exam will be distributed in class Wednesday;  the exam is due 5 pm on Wednesday, 3 May.  I'll answer questions about the exam in class Friday, so make a serious first pass on the exam before Friday's class.

    Posted Apr 20, 2018, 8:52 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Calendar and Homework
    The calendar has been updated--check it when you get a chance.  Homework #6 has been posted on the Handouts and Links page.
    Posted Mar 10, 2018, 1:23 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Midterm Announcements
    1. I am not posting Monday's class recording until Wednesday, because we talked about the midterm (and will continue discussing it on Wednesday).
    2. If you haven't turned in the midterm exam yet, I will accept up until midnight on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.  Also if you did turn in the midterm, but you want to make whatever improvements you want by the same deadline. 
    3. Everybody who turned in the midterm got the paraphrase part of (3a) mostly right--but had important problems with the bracketing.  Everyone has the opportunity to redo the bracketing part of (3a) for credit.  It needs to be turned in by midnight on Tuesday, 6 March 2018.
    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 8:06 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Take-Home Midterm Exam
    The take-home midterm exam as a docx file is available here and linked to the Handouts and Links page.
    Posted Mar 5, 2018, 11:19 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Friday, 23 February 2018
    Due to technical difficulties, no recording today. 
    Posted Feb 23, 2018, 7:24 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Answer to Question 2 of Homework #2
    Posted Jan 31, 2018, 12:08 AM by Lynn Gordon
  • Sample Answers to Homework #1
    Sample answers to the first homework assignment are linked here and on the Handouts and Links page.
    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:26 PM by Lynn Gordon
  • Welcome
    This is a website for students at Washington State University who are enrolled in English 112 during spring 2018.  Others are also welcome to visit, but this site is a required part of English 112.  

    The topic of this version of the class is language and the law and we will be discussing 
    1. the development and peculiarities of legal language (the language of statutes, courts and other legal documents);
    2. legal issues that arise from language acts (for example, threats, promises, contracts, perjury, plagiarism and forgery, truth in advertising); and 
    3. language as evidence (dialect and language identification, style identification, voice identification). 

    Posted Jan 23, 2018, 8:26 PM by Lynn Gordon
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