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Course Information

Foundations of Linguistics

Module summary

Module code: LING1007
Level: 4
Credits: 30
School: Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department: Literature, Lang. and Theatre
Module Coordinator(s): Maria Arche

Specification

Aims

Foundations of Linguistics initiates students in the scientific reflection on the properties of human language equipping them with the necessary tools to face second and final year modules on Language analysis, language acquisition and language learning. Likewise, it prepares students from other areas to make practical use of linguistic knowledge in fields where language is the expressive tool such as literature, marketing, and media.

Aims

The aims of this course are:

1. To develop a scientific reflection on the properties of human language.
2. To gain an understanding about the properties of human language that makes it different from other codes of communication.
3. To introduce students to core areas and basic concepts of the field of Linguistics such as: Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology and Syntax.
4. To initiate the development of analytical skills and logical reasoning by examining linguistic issues.
5. To initiate the development of inquiry skills: evaluation of data (e.g. identification of similarities and differences) and proposal of hypothesis to account for them in a uniform way.
6. To introduce empirical research methods in Linguistics: use of native judgments and corpora.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcomes:
1. Have an understanding of the differences between human language and other communication codes.
2. Analyse sounds and sound patterns in English.
3. Analyse word construction in English.
4. Analyse main patterns of sentence construction in English (simple clauses and complement and relative clauses).
5. Evaluate sets of linguistic data, identifying similarities and differences.
6. Pose logical solutions to linguistic questions and evaluate the plausibility of the different answers.


Indicative content

 Introduction to Language
• Human language versus other codes of communication.
• Language Change
• Basic facts about language acquisition

 Introduction to the Analysis of Language

• The sound of language. Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology.
• How we build words. Introduction to Morphology: units and processes.
• How we build sentences. Introduction to syntax: units and processes.


Teaching and learning activity

• Lectures
• Seminars: joint discussion students and lecturer
• Problem-sets
• Class presentations

Assessment

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment portfolio
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1-6.
Weighting % 30
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1,500
Outline Details: Problem sets about Morphology and Syntax

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment essay
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1-6.
Weighting % 30
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1,500
Outline Details: Topic about the ature of language or acquisition to be agreed with the tutor.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment exam
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment 1-6.
Weighting % 40
Pass Mark 40
Word Length 1,500
Outline Details: Two-hour paper with questions from all material of the course.