The French Care Only if They Pronounce The Words Properly, Telebears XV–Linguistics

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, April 30th, 2007

The best way to start off the week is with a major no one ever thinks about when they enter college. Which is kinda sad, because we can’t imagine a cooler major to take for fun. Learn about random languages, phonetics, metaphor, imagery. It’s sort of like English, except less essays. Oh yeah, and you’ll probably get paid way less when you leave college, unless you go help out our lovely politician friends, like George Lakoff and his fantastic nosehairs to the left. So let the students shed the light behind the professors who look at the words, right after the jump.

(Have any memories about professors in this department for a class or in general? Leave them in the comments.)
Linguistics 1A, Elementary Swahili
Sam Mchombo, MTuWTh 9-10 (47 Evans) & 12-1 (106 Dwinelle)
Swahili-English, English-Swahili Practical Dictionary (Hippocrene Practical Dictionary)
Swahili Learners’ Reference Grammar, Tuseme Kiswahili
“He has been through so much and has such beautiful insight. He is also funny and his laugh is contagious…the most jovial, easygoing and downright likeable guy you’ll ever meet. Just an awesomely cool dude…a funny funny adorable man. I loved him! His teaching was very, very clear and he’s willing to go over whatever you want.”

Linguistics 106, Metaphor
George Lakoff, TuTh 11-123
0, 220 Wheeler
Metaphors We Live ByMore than Cool Reason: A Field Guide to Poetic MetaphorPhilosophy in the Flesh : The Embodied Mind and Its Challenge to Western Thought
“I took this class 15 years ago and found his theories fascinating and on-target. Changed the way I think about thinking…opinionated and self-centered, with some justification. Typical professor…He has a sneering, boorish demeanor, and appears very insecure (i.e., repeatedly mentioning his math major at MIT 45 years ago, endlessly name-dropping) despite his obvious record of success.”

Linguistics 110, Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology
Keith Johnson, MWF 10-11, 160 Kroeber
Handbook of the International Phonetic Association : A Guide to the Use of the International Phonetic AlphabetAcoustic and Auditory PhoneticsA Course in Phonetics (with CD-ROM)
“Those who are text-learners should have no problem applying this sum of instruction to tests and homework, but those who are more lecture-dependent should be forewarned… Lectures could be hard to follow because he covered difficult topics quickly. And homeworks didn’t really test what we covered in class. But he’s so nice, cute, & funny!”

Linguistics 124 (Discourse)
Discourse Analysis (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
and 155AC (Native America Meets the Europeans)
Love Medicine: A Novel (P.S.)Talking God (Jim Chee Novels)Green Grass, Running WaterRain of Gold
Richard Rhodes, TuTh 930-11 (109 Dwinelle) & TuTh 330-5 (160 Dwinelle)
“One time I counted how many “um” he uttered in a lecture, but stopped at 100 (a little less than 10 mins into class)…though I aced the midterm (100.5%), was guaranteed at least a B on the paper which I later drastically improved, and knew 90% of the final, I ended up with a B…Professor doesnt give a **** about the students because the students dont give a **** about him!”

Linguistics 130, Historical Linguistics
Andrew Garrett, MWF 11-12, 160 Kroeber
Historical Linguistics, 2nd Edition: An Introduction
“Fantastic lecturer and hilarious guy — he clearly put effort into preparing the course handouts and lectures…Great class, great subject and overall amazing teaching skills and data presentation by Dr. Andrew Garret…Yeah, AG is on the geeky side, but what an adorable geek!”

Linguistics 151, Language and Gender (ruh-roh)
Robin Lakoff, MWF 9-10, 182 Dwinelle
You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in ConversationLanguage and Woman's Place: Text and Commentaries (Studies in Language and Gender, 3)

“She reps one of the biggest faults of the tenure system– academics who have never been cut out for teaching are allowed to teach, decade after decade…Notes turned out horrible, some days no notes at all, didnt really help for studying either…Steer clear. The material has potential to be interesting but the cloudiness of her words and her generally disconcerting presence made this class ridiculously mundane. Again, steer clear.”

(Data taken from RateMyProfessors and Berkeley Online Schedule of Classes)
(Picture from Cody’s Books)

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