Part I Linguistics

Part I Linguistics (LING103) will introduce you to areas and topics across the full breadth of the linguistics discipline.

The core areas of phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax will be covered in some depth, whilst semantics and pragmatics will also be included. In relation to these areas, you will get an appreciation of some of the nature of some of the major theoretical debates, whilst they will also acquire some actual analytical skills, using data not only from English, but crucially also from other languages.

In addition to these core areas, a number of important sub-fields of linguistics will be dealt with, including Sociolinguistics, the study of language acquisition and learning, historical linguistics, and linguistic typology. Finally, a number of applications will be discussed. Indicative topics here are; forensic linguistics, educational linguistics, and language testing.

Course Aims

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Carry out basic phonetic, phonological, and grammatical analysis of English and other languages
  • Appreciate broad structural differences between languages
  • Carry out basic semantic and pragmatic analyses of words and larger utterances
  • Differentiate between the main theoretical approaches to language acquisition/learning and the origins of language
  • Appreciate the extent to which language varies across time and across space, and discuss some of the main methods used in these areas
  • Understand and explain some of the main developments in the history of the field of linguistics
  • Appreciate and engage in basic discussions about some of the real world applications of linguistics
  • Entertain different points of view on certain issues, and weigh their various merits and shortcomings objectively
  • Construct arguments in an essay
  • Carry out research in the library
  • Refer to other studies correctly and construct a proper bibliography