Ratings for Linguistics 130

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66

Based on 8 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

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68
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66
Helpfulness
61
Enthusiasm
82

Instructor Ratings

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Holland, G B (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2015)
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50
Exams
35
Helpfulness
0
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: This is the class for you if you walk in as an expert in Sanskrit, Finnish, Latin, Old English, and other Indo-European languages and their proto-languages. However, for the rest of us, it was quite overwhelming, as the professor kind of expected us to know things about these languages... The assignments were mostly alright, but were graded pretty harshly. Everything in this class was graded pretty harshly. Midterm 2 was terrible because it asked you to produce so many terms instead of actually solving problems... Professor's lectures are boring and pretty much useless, as he just goes off the handouts. I just read the textbook and learned mainly from section. I don't like how the textbook literally does not include any Asian languages whatsoever, but I did like the fact that our GSI brought in some Japanese examples. This class has the potential to be a great class, but there needs to be some changes for sure.

Submitted Dec. 27th, 2015

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Garrett, A J (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2014)
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80
Exams
60
Helpfulness
70
Enthusiasm
70

Comment: Garrett is a good lecturer, and gives good assignments (not long, but still challenging) with similar exams.

Submitted Nov. 30th, 2015

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Garrett, A J (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2014)
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45
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95
Helpfulness
83
Enthusiasm
99

Comment: Exams were doable, and so were assignments, although the assignments took a long time to complete. Amazing lecturer and seems like an over all nice person. Take his class!!!

Submitted Jan. 26th, 2015

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Holland, G B (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2013)
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49
Exams
59
Helpfulness
50
Enthusiasm
96

Comment: Holland was a bit of a nightmare. He is smart, knows what he talks about and is enthusiastic. That is about it though. He is condescending towards students who ask questions, his exams are graded really rough. And the lectures put everyone to sleep. The homeworks connect only loosely with the notes he hands out (which are just the lectures he reads the notes for). It's not bad, but alright for a course. And the GSIs grade most of the stuff and are very lenient for marking which balances out this lukewarm professor.

Submitted Jan. 21st, 2014

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Holland, G B (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2013)
Assignments
79
Exams
67
Helpfulness
71
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: Holland is super knowledgeable in his field. his lectures are super detailed but he assumes a lot of intricate details of Indo-European languages are common knowledge.

Submitted Jan. 20th, 2014

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Holland, G B (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2013)
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58
Exams
58
Helpfulness
58
Enthusiasm
77

Comment: Professor Holland's love for historical linguistics definitely shone through. He's a bit awkward, but he loves it when students are as interested as he is. However... he doesn't understand if you just "don't get" a concept, though, and expects you to come to the same conclusions he does even though historical ling isn't remotely a hard science (grading is pretty much on your final answer). Homework is long, but mostly not too difficult.

Submitted Dec. 21st, 2013

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Garrett, A J (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2012)
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91
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87
Helpfulness
90
Enthusiasm
85

Comment: Worth your time to do the homework - challenging but rewarding!

Submitted Dec. 2nd, 2013

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Garrett, A J (LINGUIS 130, Fall 2009)
Assignments
92
Exams
72
Helpfulness
67
Enthusiasm
85

Comment: My favorite required course for the linguistics major! Homeworks can be time-consuming, but are also great for really learning the material and pretty darn fun if you're into this kinda thing (and face it, if you're taking linguistics courses, you must be a little nerdy). Weekly homework/study groups help a lot and are also tons of fun.

Submitted Aug. 13th, 2010