AXL1300F Introduction to Language Studies

18 NQF credits at HEQSF level 5

Convener: S Bowerman

Course entry requirements: None

Course outline:

This course provides an introduction to the main branches of Linguistics.

On completion of the course students would have covered topics which include themes such as: introduction (description vs. prescription, speech vs. writing, competence vs. performance); phonetics (the International Phonetic Alphabet, articulatory phonetics, classification of sounds, suprasegmentals); phonology (phoneme/allophone); morphology and syntax (morphemes, word-formation, constituents, phrase structure, elements of generative grammar); semantics and pragmatics (approaches to meaning, sense/reference, truth value, semantic features, speech acts, pragmatic rules); sociolinguistics (standard vs. dialect, social and regional variation, gender, register); psychology of language (the mental lexicon, elements of neurolinguistics); historical linguistics (language families, introduction to language change, language contact).

Lecture times: 3rd period, Monday – Wednesday.

DP requirements: All written work to be handed in and at least 75% attendance at lectures and tutorials.

Assessment: Tests and other written assignments set during the semester count for 50% of the final mark; one two-hour examination in June counts for 50%.