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L INGUISTICS IN THE C OMICS : D ESIGNING A C URRICULUM FOR A F RESHMEN I NTRODUCTORY S EMINAR Melissa Carvell Intern for Dr. Arnold Zwicky and Dr. Elizabeth.

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1 L INGUISTICS IN THE C OMICS : D ESIGNING A C URRICULUM FOR A F RESHMEN I NTRODUCTORY S EMINAR Melissa Carvell Intern for Dr. Arnold Zwicky and Dr. Elizabeth Traugott 9/28/2012

2 I NTERNSHIP G OALS Personal Learn what goes into constructing a curriculum Use my experiences as a student to make the course interesting to other students Professional Help design a draft curriculum for an introductory linguistics course focusing on language of comics Assignments Course flow Source material Themes/Topics

3 F IRST T ASK – C ATEGORIZING & L ABELING Add descriptors to specific comics Usually already-in-use descriptors (from Arnold) 17 inventories each of a different comic strip Example: Negation, Semantics, Syntax, Interpretation

4 R ESEARCHING T HEORETICAL F OUNDATIONS The reading: “Logic and Conversation” by Paul Grice Key points: Coop. Principle – say the right thing at the right time Maxim of Quality – don’t lie Maxim of Quantity – say the right amount Maxim of Relevance – be relevant (to conversation) Maxim of Manner – don’t be vague/ambiguous

5 R ESEARCHING C ONTINUED The best comic for the paper: Cooperative Principle All Maxims (Quality, Quantity, Relevance, Manner)

6 T OPICS OF I NTEREST Note all interesting topics and then trim list Language & Technology Variation Language & Society

7 M ORE I NTERESTING T OPICS Taboo language Morphology Semantics

8 F INDING C OMICS – E FFICIENCY & H OW - T O Tried finding relevant comics online Testing viability Very time-consuming! Made explanatory handout Still lots of time Decided likely not to have students find comics for assignments

9 F INAL T ASK – I NTEGRATED S CHEDULE AND A SSIGNMENTS Front-loaded course with interesting topics Final paper/presentation idea generation Time management for quarter Assignments Start easy then get harder/more involved Some related to final paper/presentation Week 3 – initial thoughts Week 5 – decide on topic; small proposal Week 7 – progress update


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