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LINGUIS 5 (Spring 2015)

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70 81 48 100 100

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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95 61 63 83 100

Comment: Professor is really funny and makes a lot of linguistic jokes/puns. He makes Linguistics seem really interesting. It is imperative to attend the lectures if you want to do well in the class because a lot of the homework assignments/tests involve things that he said in class. The only bad thing is that it's sometimes hard to take notes because he tends to speak rather than write on the board, which means you have to be paying attention at all times. Overall, a great class and very interesting.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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95 93 100 92 92

Comment: Even with no intention of ever majoring in Linguistics, this class actually made me consider it. Prof. Hyman really knows what he is talking about, and makes the lectures really interesting and sometimes funny. He also sounds a bit like Robin Williams.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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79 85 76 74 79

Comment: I took this class P/NP. So I didn't really give a damn about this class. I ended up getting a B+ or something. So overall, the class is pretty easy if you just try. His exams weren't hard and his jokes are pretty cool. I loved my GSI. She was very useful, and every week, she provided a summary of what was said during lecture.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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75 100 76 63 89

Comment: Definitely very passionate about the subject, but tended to make lectures more anecdote-based than information based, making it kind of difficult to pick out the important concepts. Nevertheless, attending lecture is definitely helpful, since the required textbook is pretty useless. Section is also super helpful for understanding the homework assignments.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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91 100 89 68 92

Comment: Professor Hyman is a very enthusiastic, funny, and genuine teacher. He enjoys Linguistics and tries to make lectures fun(ny) to go to. His lectures do tend to be a little scattered and don't flow very well, so it makes it harder to take notes. For me personally, I went to just listen to him talk and took a few notes and supplemented the information from the book and office hours. I recommend getting the textbook. Quick-tip: Rent the old Ling 5 textbook from the Library. His lecture notes still use examples and follow the chapters from that book. Assignments were straightforward and exams are made up of True-False and Multiple-Choice questions ONLY. Office hours are your best way of studying for these tests. Prof Hyman and the GSIs are accessible and friendly! Very fun class covering what I thought to be interesting topics.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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29 82 38 35 78

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2011)

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100 63 85 80 100

Comment: Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable on the subject. A great professor!

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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81 63 50 50 100

Comment: As others have mentioned, Hyman tends to provide lots of "anecdotal" information rather than information relevant to the midterms, homeworks, and final. That being said, he is a very nice guy and his lectures can be very insightful and interesting. By the end of the semester, I sort of stopped going because I was getting good grades on the weekly homeworks (which are not too time consuming and sometimes fun) and I had gotten decent grades on the two midterms (B+ and an A-). All in all, it's a fun class, especially the discussion sections (my GSI, Elise, was GREAT), but lectures are kind of irrelevant and pointless. Getting an A is not too difficult. Bearable workload, great class!

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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40 89 73 34 40

Comment: You won't get anything if you don't do homeworks. And you won't know anything in the homeworks unless you go to GSI's office every week. It felt like I had another discussion section, but was worth it and those efforts prepared me very well for the exams which were really easy if you knew stuffs.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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89 79 41 91 74

Comment: Witty professor. Professor Hyman has a knack of getting the basic concepts through whilst cracking witty jokes and keeping the class laughing. Take the course only if you're interested in pursuing linguistics - it's a great introduction with great GSIs too. However, subject material can seem dry at times. The exams had some weird questions that simply left a number of people baffled.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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88 90 86 73 100

Comment: Very interesting and witty professor. Hyman has a habit of cracking subtle jokes in lecture, which by the way are good, but disorganized. He has a somewhat of a Socratic approach to his lectures; he asks questions and moves on to answer them, although it is somewhat difficult to stay on track with him. However, he's able to take a relatively uninteresting topic and bring it to life. Very memorable, only wish the room wasn't so warm and sleep-prone.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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69 100 93 70 75

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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72 76 74 50 91

Comment: I agree with the other ratings that Prof Hyman's lectures can be a bit scattered, but his enthusiasm and tendency to make himself chuckle (which creates a wave of chuckling among the class) make going to class worthwhile. This class is pretty easy- take notes in class and make sure that you do the reading on the concept he mentions in class as they will be on the final. We had a guest speaker come in who did a demonstration of an African language "Ndbele" which includes clicks- very cool. Easy and interesting. You'll finish the semester knowing strange terms like "bilabial fricative" and "polysemy"

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2010)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: interesting class.

LINGUIS 5 (Spring 2010)

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72 71 70 50 67

LINGUIS 5 (Spring 2010)

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91 85 87 96 100

Comment: Professor Hyman was very enthusiastic, although sometimes a bit too much to where his lectures were a bit scattered and at times it was hard to tell what he was going to test on. But as long as you did the readings and go to his lectures, which are fun, you should be fine. It also helps to have a good GSI who is helpful. Talking to professor after class is very informative, even if you just have random questions.

LINGUIS 5 (Spring 2010)

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81 70 78 63 100

Comment: The lectures might not make much sense at times since he has a tendency to jump from topic to topic, but the assignments are a lot easier if you don't skip lectures. He knows what he's teaching and is very enthusiastic.

LINGUIS 5 (Spring 2010)

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78 87 67 91 100

Comment: Hyman's lectures provide a good amount of information as well as test questions, so missing a lecture is a bad idea since midterms can be very specific to lecture examples. Homework is manageable and can be entertaining, just like Hyman himself. Good class for any pre-psych majors.

LINGUIS 5 (Spring 2010)

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78 50 74 76 83

Comment: He seems very passionate about linguistics. While lectures can be a little scattered, he gives plenty of examples to help explain concepts. The book is helpful in giving definitions and adding to his lectures. However, the terminology between Hyman and the book can differ but he'll tell you in class which term he'll use. Homeworks were definitely the difficult part of the class.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2009)

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71 70 65 63 70

Comment: Great professor--strikes an uncanny resemblance to Prof. Deacon in the anthro department. Excellent introduction to Linguistics, this class is almost identical to Ling 100 except that it's more simplified. Exams aren't exactly the easier, but they are fair.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2009)

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65 35 27 43 90

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2009)

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82 79 79 50 100

Comment: Great class. Pay attention in lecture, do the readings, and you might learn something fun about language :). I still remember plenty of Hyman's funny anecdotes.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2009)

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62 79 50 50 50

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2009)

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40 74 72 42 75

Comment: Hyman makes a great conversationalist, but as for an actual lecturer, he's kind of subpar. He hops around too much and I was often lost.

LINGUIS 5 (Fall 2009)

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95 95 96 82 100

Comment: Interesting professor that seems to know a lot about language (especially African languages judging from the homework and his lectures). Lectures can have stories infused in between material, but they might help you to remember some concepts. Homework wasn't bad and incorporates some of the examples in the tests. Textbook was not that great (though I've heard he has replaced it for a better one since then). Tests consist of True/False, some multiple choice, and short answer and wasn't hard if you look over your notes and homework. Final was in similar though longer format. GSI David friendly and pretty good about material. Overall good experience.

LINGUIS 24 (Spring 2012)

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70 48 100 69 75

LINGUIS 24 (Spring 2012)

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95 83 50 78 100

LINGUIS 24 (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: This was an extremely good freshman seminar. The weekly assignment was to read one chapter, and then discuss the chapter in class. You were assigned one chapter to lead a discussion on, and the final paper was to discuss a myth discussed in the class. Prof. Hyman was so fun, and he always had great stories to tell. Take if you're interested in learning about language because it can be hard to motivate yourself to go to a class worth 1 unit.

LINGUIS 24 (Fall 2011)

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82 100 84 77 94

Comment: the class is really easy. There is only one assignment, which is to write about a myth.

LINGUIS 24 (Fall 2010)

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74 100 100 59 62

Comment: Heard that he was great teacher but was not that amazing... perhaps because the class was at 9 am on mondays. Hardly any work, only one short paper at the end of the semester. Very interesting topics but he did go off on many tangents and I fell asleep in many. There wasn't much discussion because agian, it was kind of early and people were not quite awake, and because professor Hyman likes to talk on his own. Attendance does count so go to class.

LINGUIS 24 (Fall 2009)

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72 70 50 50 65

Comment: Interesting topics about languages. Topics vary from thought provoking to mundane, and there is one short essay due at the end. Everyone passes.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2014)

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50 50 50 50 77

Comment: Prof. Hyman knows a lot of stuff, but personally, I feel like lectures were overwhelming and tests/hw were pretty hard... You can't really get an A just based off his handouts.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2014)

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50 75 33 50 77

Comment: He's a nice guy, but the way he teaches the material is extremely unclear and unorganized. The handouts he provides is all over the place and it's really hard to know what he's looking for or what he considers important. Assignments weren't that hard and were graded kindly (thanks Jonathan!) and were worth basically half. Overall, didn't learn anything and wouldn't recommend it. I thought I liked morphology from 100, didn't like it at all in 115.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2013)

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81 88 88 75 100

Comment: 115 with Hyman was pretty fun. The class does require a lot of work so be ready to work. He does tend to go off topic a lot. P.S. Be prepared for linguistic puns :]

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2013)

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69 51 77 71 89

Comment: The homework assignments are more difficult than the exams. Hyman's decent as long as you can follow his lectures, but don't take him more than once; lecture isn't nearly as interesting once you know all his jokes.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2012)

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87 66 82 84 100

Comment: Really nice, super enthusiastic. Exams weren't too hard. Assignments sometimes a little tricky, but grading was really lenient.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 71 91 61 94

Comment: Class was a bit all over the place (could use more structure). Homeworks are kind of tough, but this is balanced out by somewhat lenient grading. Overall, a pretty easy class. Hyman is a very personable fellow, and his jokes will be forever treasured by linguistics students <3 (minor gripe: inconsistent transcription system on handouts/homeworks. e.g., /j/ vs. /y/, etc.)

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2011)

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81 89 75 65 100

Comment: You know how in most lectures, you'll hear something and you'll be like, "Oh, I should probably write that down"? In Hyman's class, it's more like you'll be sitting in lecture, and then look down at your notes in a half hour and think, "Crap! I don't have anything written down! I should write down what he's saying RIGHT NOW!" and then you're left with a few lines of things that don't really make sense at the end of the lecture. :/ Hyman is a bit disorganized in lecture, as others have been saying. That's not to say he's not a good teacher, though. Phonology and morphology are kind of his specialty, and he's witty to boot. His handouts for this class are available on bSpace, but you should still go to lecture. If you pay attention, the readings and the exams should be fine.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2010)

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77 71 71 62 81

Comment: This class sounded way scarier when I talked to people about it than it actually was. Yeah, I guess it's kinda tough, but if you go to section and try on the homeworks, it's not too hard. No need to read the textbook. Didn't even get that much out of going to class. Prof Hyman is amusing, but I got about the same amount of understanding from going to class as from sleeping in the extra hour during class. Section (and GSI office hours, if necessary) are where the real learning come in. Fun material, though. Overall I liked it.

LINGUIS 115 (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 76 95 71 96

Comment: Hyman's enthusiastic enough about his material, and he has really good handouts, but I think they don't make too much sense unless you go to class. Homework was time-consuming (as linguistics usually is) but probably good practice... I thought exams were easy, but other people said they were hard. I think it's just a matter of knowing what's on the handouts really well... take notes! Hyman sometimes jumped all over the place during lectures, and I couldn't tell if his tangents were relevant/necessary to know (sometimes they were), but I think he makes up for it with enthusiasm. Reading was completely unnecessary for getting an A in the course.

LINGUIS 298 (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50