Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 10:15:16 -0500


Subject: Texts for Intro to Ling

I've used every book on the market to teach a soph. level Intro to

Linguistics over the past 20+ years. I get MUCH MUCH better results (and

am MUCH MUCH happier) when I use Akmajian et al, Linguistics: An

Introduction to Language and Communication (3rd ed.). The problem is --

where do the necessary exercises come from (the textbook does not contain

enough, IME.

I have used both the L Workbook and Language Files with the Amajian text.ry,

Neither is satisfactory, as my students always tell me at the end of the semeste


I am going tuse my own exercises next Spring.

Also, I begin the course with an intro to the behaviorist "Message

Moel," than subtly demolish it until we get to the chapter on

Pragmatics, then smash what remains to bits.

Also, this semester, for the first time, EVERY test (I give four) was

a takehome test. The students learned more and did more sophisticated

papers (research paper, linguistic autobiography) than ever before.

I'll stick with that arrangement for a while.

Good luck, Wayne -- and have fun.