Linguistics Note-Taking Guides






Linguistics Project


General Instructions



Specific Topics





Homework for Linguistics Unit
Instructions for Friday, April 26


General Instructions:

-Spend 10 minutes debriefing about where you are at with the paper. Your group needs to walk away knowing what needs to be written over the weekend, and what editing responsibilities each of you have.
-Spent the rest of the time focusing on the presentation. Here are some things to think about:
  • Who is going to present about what?
  • Figure out the order. What is the logical sequence for your presentation?
  • How can you help your audience join in the thinking process during the presentation. For instance, can you give examples that support your argument and ask the audience to interpret those examples?
  • Are you going to need visual aids (powerpoint, handouts)? What kind of information would be good for your audience to see in writing during the presentation?
  • Before the end of the hour, you should split up responsibilities for the weekend.

Another nugget for French:

There is a really good table of French and Norman and English words here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_language. What does this tell you about the historical context of French influence on English? How does this fit into our discussion of language vs. dialect?









Instructions for Friday Class Time

Latin
-A few group members should tackle the historical context:
  • Read about the Spread of Christianity to British Isles. Why would that bring Latin influence?
  • Italian Renaissance and the Northern Renaissance
  • How might the Printing Press figure into this?
-The other group members should tackle the Latin-Specific Resources
  • Split up the different readings, and then share with each other what you learned

French
  • One person should read the Background on the Normans and synthesize what you learned on day 1 about the political history of Norman rule of England
  • The others should do the French influence readings
    • Split up the different readings so that two people read every article
    • One person should set up the OED timeline and then show it to peers.

Anglo-Saxon
  • One person should tackle the historical context
    • Read the solid narrative history and synthesize what you learned on day 1 about the political history of Anglo-Saxon England
    • Once you are done, join the “Old English” group
    • 1-2 people should tackle the Germanic sub-family, and synthesize how English fits into the larger Germanic sub-text
    • The rest of the people should tackle the “Old English” section
      • Two people should read each article

Celtic
  • Everyone start by reading the web resources for 10-15 minutes
    • One person read the Celtic history article at bbc.co.uk
    • Others read the remaining web article

    • Then everyone read the McWhorter article and follow the instructions on the assignment page


Vikings
  • 1-2 people read the Viking History Resources. Synthesize this with what you learned yesterday so you have an understanding of the history of Viking invasions
  • The rest of the group should tackle the “Viking Influence on English” links (except for the last one)
  • After 20 minutes or so, EVERYONE should move on to the McWhorter article. Read your instructions sheet for guidance on what you should think about.
  • For homework, read Germanic.zxg.net article. There’s a lot of good general stuff, and a couple of brief moments when it relates to McWhorters argument.


All
End of class: split up responsibilities for weekend work. Any unfinished business from today? Should someone type up notes/ideas for different themes that you should put in the paper. Come up with a game plan on what should be done over the weekend.


Instructions for Monday Class Time
General Description of Project

Latin
  • Start mapping out responsibilities for “primary writers” of different sections of the paper. The questions on your Latin assignment page should provide guidance on the different tasks that need to be done. Once you have responsibilities mapped out, you can each start writing and/or doing targeted research to flesh out your understanding of the topic.
  • Before the end of the day, you should all know what you’ll be working on before Friday

French
  • Start mapping out responsibilities for “primary writers” of different sections of the paper. The questions on your Latin assignment page should provide guidance on the different tasks that need to be done. Once you have responsibilities mapped out, you can each start writing and/or doing targeted research to flesh out your understanding of the topic.
  • 1-2 people should also find the Lord’s Prayer (or some other thing written in Old Middle and Modern English and study that)
  • Before the end of the day, you should all know what you’ll be working on before Friday

Anglo-Saxon
  • Start mapping out responsibilities for “primary writers” of different sections of the paper. The questions on your Latin assignment page should provide guidance on the different tasks that need to be done. Once you have responsibilities mapped out, you can each start writing and/or doing targeted research to flesh out your understanding of the topic.
  • Before the end of the day, you should all know what you’ll be working on before Friday

Celtic
  • Start with a group discussion of McWhorter’s argument. Make sure you all get it.
  • Start mapping out responsibilities for “primary writers” of different sections of the paper. The questions on your Latin assignment page should provide guidance on the different tasks that need to be done. May I humbly suggest
    • Someone needs to write the broad background of the Celts
    • Someone should summarize the traditional view of limited Celtic Influence
    • Someone should handle McWhorter’s argument
    • In some cases, two people might take on one of the above tasks
    • Once you have responsibilities mapped out, you can each start writing and/or doing targeted research to flesh out your understanding of the topic.
    • Before the end of the day, you should all know what you’ll be working on before Friday

Viking
  • Start with a group discussion of McWhorter’s argument. Make sure you all get it.
  • Start mapping out responsibilities for “primary writers” of different sections of the paper. The questions on your Latin assignment page should provide guidance on the different tasks that need to be done. May I humbly suggest
    • Someone needs to handle the pure history of Viking invasion of England
    • Someone needs to handle the Viking Influence outside of what McWhorter emphasizes
    • Someone needs to handle McWhorter’s argument for Viking influenceYou’ll definitely want to double up on McWhorter. You may even want to triple up, or perhaps you want to double up on a different task as well
      • Once you have responsibilities mapped out, you can each start writing and/or doing targeted research to flesh out your understanding of the topic.
      • Before the end of the day, you should all know what you’ll be working on before Friday