Iowa State University
Speech Communication 305

Language, Thought & Action ["Semantics"]

Contacting Me

Prof. Jean Goodwin
223 Ross, Mon 10-12, Wed 3-5, & freely by appointment
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About this course

This course promises to make you curious about language, asking:
    What? What kinds of meanings does language create?
    So What? Why does it matter what language does?
    How? How can we know what language does?

Core course documents

Exam FAQ*
Final project assignment*

Course Materials/Readings

(most recent first)
About Speech Acts (Tuesday): More about Speech Acts (Thursday): Read about apologies

Optional: If you're considering a final project on politeness, consider these additional readings to help:

Final project assignment*
Ethnography Homework & Politeness Poster assignments*
About Greetings: Implicature reading: "Meaning between the lines", especially the practice exercises
Unit II case*
Background on Chappaquiddick: About Deaf Culture: Sample essay question answer
About oral and literate cultures--a summary of a book by Walter Ong. Here is also a slightly longer version of Ong's list of the differences between oral and literate ways of thinking.
"God Terms" Group presentation assignment.*
An anthropologist collects evidence about the meaning of the godterm "fun"*
About umami
Experts & Novices: Read first two sections ("Meaningful Patterns" and "Organization")
Unit I case and Translation homework/group poster
First Group Assignment: Evolve a Language & Group Contract
One translation of Genesis, chapters 1 & 2
Herodotus on the first language
One hypothesis about the origins of language*


Materials marked with a "*" are in "pdf" or "Acrobat" format. For information and to download a free copy of the Acrobat Reader, try the Extension's PDF page.

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Last updated 4 Jan 2006.
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