Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Hi all,

It seems that you are so worried about the exam. You don't need to, actually.
The questions will be similar to those you had for Quiz 1.
I will not ask about definitions. So, don't expect to answer questions like "What does 'homonym' mean?', or "What does pragmatics study?' or "What is a morpheme?', "What does ambiguity' mean? etc.

However, you have to UNDERSTAND, yes again UNDERSTAND (NOT MEMORIZE) those all we have discussed to answer the questions in the exam. That's why I always ask for examples in each definition you write in our wiki. By showing examples, it indicates that you understand.

Well, if you fail to prepare yourself, I would be happy to see you again next year.... Yes, although this is the second time you joined me in this class, I would be happy to have you for the third time...

You've got plenty of time to make preparation. I've made some ways to help... this blog, the wiki, the discussion group in quicktopic.com, the weekly presentation-discussion. Only few of you, however, take the benefits of these. Very few took part in the wiki, only one posted a message in the discussion forum, many of you read (not talk) during the presentation...

Again, if you're not serious, it's me who will be serious.

Well, we have one week left for preparation.
I open another forum for discussion. Click the link below.
Please note: the comments field in the wiki is only for something relevant to the wiki. That's why I give no reply for irrelevant messages.

QuickTopic free message boards

Discuss Introduction to General Linguistics

I cross my fingers for you...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My Contribution to Our http://intro2gl.pbwiki.com/


I am glad that our wiki is nearly complete. Some of you asked for whether or not I will make editing. The answer is YES, but not now. I'm still giving the chances for the students of NON REGULAR PROGRAM to post their contribution.

Don't worry. I will do the editing before the final exam.



Hi all,

As mentioned in the previous post, the materials for exam will cover: MORPHOLOGY, SYNTAX, SEMANTICS, SOCIOLINGUISTICS, and PRAGMATICS. That's it.

Please, prepare yourself. Good luck.


The students of the regular programs are probably confused when reading the time table for the final exams. Heaps of thanks for Hanifan for reminding me about this.

This is to let you know that the exam for INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL LINGUISTICS will be given on MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2008 FROM 11.30 - 13.00.

The exam will cover the materials from MORPHOLOGY, SYNTAX, SEMANTICS, SOCIOLINGUISTICS, PRAGMATICS. That's it.

Please, get prepared.

Good luck.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Take part in our Wiki

Yes… we now have a wiki: a web site that enables you to post, and edit the contents. Of course our wiki is about linguistics. Please visit http://intro2gl.pbwiki.com/

Log in with your username and password. Then start posting. Students of Non Regular Program have already got the usernames and passwords. Remember, your contribution deserves extra marks. I hope, this wiki will be complete before we do the final exam.

Students of the regular programs can also join by clicking the "request access", or come to me directly and I will give you the username and password.

Looking forward to reading your contribution.




Hi all,

Some of you (Non-Regular Program) sent me many SMSs asking for the material for discussion on Sociolinguistics.

Here is the answer. When discussing sociolinguistics, at least we have to cover the following:

  • Definition of Sociolinguistics
  • Language varieties: Standard language, dialects, registers, Pidgins, and Creoles.
  • Speech community
  • Bilingualism and Multilingualism, including Code Choice (Code Switching and Code Mixing).

Well, post your comments in our new discussion forum at QuickTopic. Click here to start the discussion.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

References for Pragmatics

Hi all,

It's good to hear someone is interested in pragmatics.
Yes, when analyzing an utterance, we have to consider the factors outside the language. That will include the SPEAKING (Setting, Participants, Ends, Acts, Key, Instruments, Norms, and Genres) factors of Dell Hymes.
For more details about pragmatics, you may read:
Jenny Thomas: Meaning into Words
Jacob L. Mey: Pragmatics, An Introduction
Vershueren et al: Handbook of Pragmatics

I also learn much about pragmatics from CARLA.

Okay... there are many other books and resources on pragmatics. You can start with the ones I mention here.