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Analysing Language Structure and Use (level 5)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Kinga Kozminska
  • Assessment: a take-home examination (50%) and 2000-word written assignment (50%)

Module description

This module introduces you to the leading ideas and theoretical proposals in linguistics. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the central assumptions of contemporary linguistics, to train you in the application of linguistic ideas and constructs to the analysis of language data, and to develop a familiarity with the aims and rationales for linguistic theory and its relevance and applications.

All second year students are required to take this module.

Indicative module syllabus

  • What is language?
  • Sounds of world languages: phonetics
  • Sounds of world languages: phonology
  • Situating variation: data session
  • Words and word formation: morphology
  • Understanding language change: data session with historical evidence
  • Syntax: the phrase
  • Syntax: the sentence
  • What is possible? Systems and typological differences
  • Reflections and future direction