Review Comment

The Question of Language

May 18, 2005

Platt, Jonathan Silver_nugget
The Question of Language

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I pray that Jonathan will offer this class again, for the good of Columbians interested in the theoretical/philosophical side of linguistics. The class was incredibly interesting and rewarding without being too demanding work-wise.
While the readings could be complex and difficult, they were all short articles and all immensely interesting, particularly after Jonathan clarified them in class.
Jonathan is very smart and articulate, with a good sense of humor, even if he is a little awkward at times. He is open to people's ideas, although he will not shy away from telling people when they are a little off, which I think is a good thing.
The class was extremely well-organized, with some sessions dedicated to lectures and some to discussion. He brought in great material for the discussion periods. Some of the video art he brought in was particularly entertaining. He grades pretty easily, but you have to put some thought into your work.


Not much. 20-30 pages of reading (if that) per class. Sometimes no reading at all. You have to write 8 one paragraph reading responses that are fun and graded check/check plus. A mother of a midterm but it's take home. A final or final paper. I opted for the paper, which was graded easily and was fun to write.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
SLAL / CLSL SLAL CLSL V1010: The Question of Language Jonathan Platt 2005 Spring MW / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1