At some point in our past, human beings evolved the incredibly complex natural language systems which we all take for granted but without which we would not be able to communicate in the ways we do with each other, have civilizations, be able to contemplate the future and to change it. In the last hundred years we have begun to understand how these communication systems work. We know much about how we make speech sounds, organise them into words, the words into sentences and how the words and sentences we produce mean what they do. The subject within whose confines these discoveries have been made is linguistics. The knowledge we now have is passed on by teachers of linguistics many of whom are gifted and committed. Yet we know little about how they see their commitments to their subject. This book is the first to give teachers of linguistics the chance to reflect on their professional practice as teachers and thus to share their enthusiasms, their strategies and their personal approaches to their subject.
Koenraad Kuiper is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the Managing Editor of the Yearbook of Phraseology and the author of a number of books including, most recently, Formulaic Genres (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Foreword Brian Joseph (Ohio State University) 1. Introduction Koenraad Kuiper 2. A Toolbox for Teaching Phonetics Jen Hay (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) 3. Learning Phonology as a Way to Learn how Theories are Improved Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy (University of Canterbury, New Zealand) 4. Teaching Morphology Laurie Bauer (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) 5. Teaching Syntax Sandra Chung (University of California, Santa Cruz) 6. Teaching Formal Semantics Barbara Partee (University of Massachusetts at Amherst) 7. Teaching Pragmatics Chris Potts (Stanford University) 8. Teaching Historical Linguistics: A Personal Memoir Harold Koch (Australian National University) 9. Teaching Sociolinguistics Miriam Meyerhoff (University of Auckland) 10. Psycholinguistics for Linguists Paul Warren (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) 11. Teaching Linguistic Approaches to Nonliteral Language or We Really Knew how to have Fun Diana van Lanker-Sidtis (New York University) 12. Developmental Psycholinguistics Susan Foster-Cohen (Burwood Hospital, New Zealand) 13. The Value of Linguistis to the ESL/EFL Classroom Practitioner David Mendelsohn (York University, Canada) 14. Games for Exploring Language Origins and Change Alison Wray (Cardiff University) 15. LING 101 Koenraad Kuiper 16. 'Beyond Compare': Supervising Postgraduate Research Janet Holmes (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) 17. Field Methods: Where the Rubber Meets the Road Wes Collins (Summer Institute of Linguistics) 18. 'Two Loaves where there Seems to be One' : Metaphors We Teach By Kate Burridge (Monash University)