What to Expect

What you will be learning

SLIYS is a condensed (and more fun) version of the Introduction to Linguistics (Ling 2000) course taught at OSU. SLIYS coursework will provide hands-on linguistics experience that self-study or normal classroom work cannot. Our program includes both experimental and fieldwork components. The experimental component consists of participating in and discussing the design and implementation of current and recently completed experiments conducted by members of the Linguistics Department. The fieldwork component consists of meeting with a native speaker of an unfamiliar language and attempting to discover facts about that language. Both components are designed to give the scholars an opportunity to engage in the study of language like a working linguist. 

Your week at SLIYS

SLIYS is many scholars' first taste of the college experience. SLIYS scholars can choose to stay in one of the dorms on OSU's campus and will also be eating at many of the university's dining locations or at various restaurants around the campus and central Columbus area. Evening activities take advantage of the multitude of events in Columbus, which could include a movie night at the Gateway Theater or a Clippers game downtown. Not all of the activities will be covered in your tuition budget. We recommend you bring extra cash (we don't expect the cost to exceed $50).

This is a sample schedule from a previous year. We are constantly working to improve the SLIYS experience and each year brings new activities, so your schedule will be different

Sunday 
4:30 - 6:00

Dorm check in and Orientation - Location TBA

 

Monday

 
8:00-9:00Residents: Breakfast in dorms with RAs/SLIYS staff
8:40Commuters: Drop off 
9:00-10:30Session 1: What is linguistics?  What is linguistic field work? (Linguistics)
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: The Sounds of Language: Vowels (Phonetics)
12:15-1:15Lunch with students
1:15-2:15Language Activity
2:15-2:45 Tour of the Department of Linguistics
2:45-3:15 Language Group Focus: Sounds
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00Native Speaker Consultation
5:00Commuters: Pick up
5:00-6:15Dinner
6:30Evening Activity
 
Tuesday
 
  
8:00-9:00Residents: Breakfast in dorms with RAs/SLIYS staff
8:40Commuters: Drop off 
9:00-10:30Session 1: The Sounds of Language: Consonants (Phonetics)
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: Language Variation, Language Contact, and Dialects  (Sociolinguistics)
12:15-1:15Lunch
1:15-2:15Language Activity: IPA Jeopardy
2:15-3.15 Language Group Focus: Sounds of Language and Variation
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00Native Speaker Consultation
5:00Pick up (commuters)
5:00-6:30Dinner
7:00Evening Activity
 

 

Wednesday

  
8:00-9:00Residents: Breakfast in dorms with RAs/SLIYS staff
8:40Commuters: Drop off 
9:00-10:30Session 1: Parts of Words and Sentences  (Morphology and Syntax)
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: Guest Speaker
12:15-1:15Lunch:  Tour of Thompson Library.  Lunch and ice cream at Mirror Lake Creamery
1:15-2:15Language Activity: Tree-building Game
2:15-3:15 Language Group Focus: Morphology and Syntax across languages
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00Native Speaker Consultation
5:00Pick up (commuters)
5:00-6:30Dinner
7:00Evening Activity
 

 

Thursday

  
8:00-9:00Residents: Breakfast in dorms with RAs/SLIYS staff
8:40Commuters: Drop off 
9:00-10:30Session 1:  Guest Speaker 
10:30-10:45Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: Discovering Linguistic Meaning (Semantics)
12:15-1:15Lunch
1:15-2:15Language Activity: Spatial Meanings in Mushunguli (Bantu, Somalia)
2:15-3:15 Language Group Focus: Semantics
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-5:00Native Speaker Consultation
5:00Pick up (commuters)
5:00-6:00Dinner
6:00Evening Activity
 

 

Friday

  
8:00-9:30Residents: Breakfast in dorms with RAs/SLIYS staff
8:45Transport to COSI, downtown Columbus
333 W Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215; (614) 228-2674
9:15Commuters: Drop off at COSI
9:15 - 11:30Language and Experiments “Psycholinguistics”
COSI Pod with Shari Speer and Mike Phelan
11:30 - 1:30Lunch (w/ language informants)
1:30 - 2:30Final preparations for presentations
2:30Family Arrival (parking information will be emailed)
2:30 - 3:30Presentations
3:30 - 4:00Q & A
4:00 - 4:30 Closing Ceremony and Departure

 

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