AXL2300F UNDERSTANDING LANGUAGE – MEANING AND STRUCTURE A

AXL2300F UNDERSTANDING LANGUAGE – MEANING AND STRUCTURE A

24 NQF credits at HEQSF level 6

Course entry requirements: This course is open to students who either (a) have successfully

completed AXL1300F or AXL1301S (b) are deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Head

of Section, to be equivalently qualified. Students wishing to be considered for admission to the

course under (b) should arrange to see the Head of Section as early as possible.

Course outline:

The course consolidates and extends the work of first year linguistics and focuses on the more

advanced and detailed study of structural linguistics and sociolinguistics. The aim of the course is to

introduce students to on-going debates about language as a meaningful sign, as well as language as a

structured and rule-governed system. Topics may include: morphology and syntax; phonetics and

phonology; sociolinguistics and/or semantics. The discussion will draw on a wide range of

languages and linguistic situations within South Africa, on the continent, and in the world.

Lecture times: 5th period, Tuesday – Wednesday. Lab session Thursday 5th period.

DP requirements: All written work to be handed in. Attendance at lectures, lab sessions and

tutorials as indicated by the department.

Assessment: Continuous assessment (essays, projects, tests, etc.) counts 100%.