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Linguistics Final Year Project

Overview

  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 6
  • Assessment: a 5000-7000-word project (100%)

Module description

The project consists of an extended, in-depth study and discussion of a topic researched by the writer. A project is typically either a 'reading' study - a detailed survey and discussion of an area of literature on a topic - or an empirical study which reports on the collection and analysis of data.

Examples of past BA projects include:

  • An investigation into British perceptions of other English accents
  • Do the benefits of immersion education outweigh the limitations?
  • Abusive and corruptive restrictions in subtitles: when limitations and labels fail
  • Sibylline sibilants: do the properties of sibilants make men sound gay?
  • The syntax and semantics of verbs in modern Hebrew
  • The influence of English on modern Turkish
  • How to make compliments in Portuguese
  • Code-switching in a South-American musical group

These examples are only illustrative, and the range of possible topics is wide. The main requirements are that the project should have a coherent aim and a clear structure. Although the project is based on research carried out by the student, it is not expected to present entirely new or original ideas. At the same time, a project should not simply reproduce or summarise facts and findings from literature sources, but should embody the writer's synthesis of material drawn from different sources, and reflect the writer's own assessment and critical judgment.

You will meet with your supervisor twice during the year.