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Approaches to Language (Level 4)


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Kinga Kozminska
  • Assessment: a take-home examination (50%) and 1500-word written assignment (50%)

Module description

This module is a broad introduction to the nature of human language, and the key areas essential for an understanding of the nature and functions of language. It introduces you to fundamental concepts and tools for understanding and describing language structure, language use, and the functions of language in society. You are introduced to key debates in linguistics and applied linguistics, and are encouraged to discuss current issues of language relevant to both the individual and society.

Indicative module syllabus

  • The origin of language
  • The sound system
  • The lexical system
  • The grammatical system
  • Child language acquisition: theoretical accounts and development of sound, lexical and grammatical systems
  • Adult language: planning and production (introduction to psycholinguistics)
  • Language and the brain (introduction to neurolinguistics)
  • Language in society (introduction to sociolinguistics)