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Research in English (Linguistics) A session 5: May 20th, 2011

What is language?
What is language? By dgray_xplane on Flickr, via nfp 2.0 http://www.nfp2.co.uk/2007/06/01/doing-things-together/index.html
  1. What is the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis?
  2. What is Language? (handout: chapter 2 from “Introduction to Linguistics” by Jean Aitchison).


  1. Answer the 5 questions to the chapter “What is Language?”
  2. Your mother asks you, “What did you study today in Research in English?” What will you tell her? Explain to her in easy language (in Japanese). Then post this as a comment on the class blog or send as an email to me.
  3. Prepare a paragraph from chapter 2 of “The Mother Tongue”.

Research in English (Linguistics) A session 4: May 13th, 2011

Spanish Fly? or ...
Spanish Fly? Or ...
or Spanish fly?
... or Spanish fly?
  1. Quiz on chapter 1
  2. We will finish reading chapter 1.


  1. Write a summary (about 100 words) in Japanese of today’s lesson and your personal comment: did you learn something new or interesting in today’s class? Did you find a comparison or connection with Japanese language and/or society?
    1. Send me your summary and comment by email by Tuesday midnight.
  2. What is the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis? Be prepared to explain it to the class next week.
    1. Click here for the Wikipedia entry in English, and here for the one in Japanese.
    2. Quote your source using the correct MLA format (see handout). You need to cite the reference in the text AND in a list 参照文献 at the end.

    Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf
    Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf. Photo from Bahas on Multiply (click image to visit source).