Using the information provided, discuss your answer from 1. phonological 2. morphological 3. semantic 4. syntactic 5. pragmatic perspectives. Provide two arguments for each category.

Assignment Question

Descriptive Linguistics Sentence ANALYSIS

This question requires you to apply what you have learned about the various linguistic subsystems: phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, and pragmatics in an analysis of an actual piece of talk. ->

Consider the following dialogue excerpt, which was hypothetically overheard and presumably understood by the students in this class. Joe: (1) I heard she gave everyone an A last semester. Pete: (2) What are you talking about? (3) She wasn’t even here last semester. Discuss why we heard that stream of sounds, [w ə D ə r y u th ɔ k ɪ ŋ ə b aw t=], as “what are you talking about?” Why didn’t we hear that stream of sounds as “water Utah king Nga* bowed?”

*[Note: Nga is a Vietnamese girl’s name.] Discuss your answer from 1. phonological 2. morphological 3. semantic 4. syntactic 5. pragmatic perspectives. Provide two arguments for each category.

BOOK that was used in this class: How Languages Work – An Introduction to Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed.

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