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Applied Linguistics - TESOL MA

Module EL0752 - Fundamentals of Linguistics

(30.00 Credits)



SYNOPSIS

The main aims of the module are to revise and extend students’ knowledge of the structure of language – phonology, morphology and syntax – while consolidating their knowledge of, and ability to analyse, cross-linguistic data. Students will become familiar with a number of phonological, morphological and syntactic features of languages that contrast with the structure of English, and be able to explain these in descriptive and theoretical terms. Key concepts and theoretical frameworks will be introduced and discussed and then applied to the analysis of data sets from a range of the world’s languages. Assessment comprises two analyses focusing either on particular structural features or a particular language or language group.


INDICATIVE READING LIST OR OTHER LEARNING RESOURCES

Comrie, B. (1989) Language Universals and Linguistic Typology: Syntax and Morphology. (2nd ed.) Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.

Cowan, W. and J. Rakusan (1998) Source Book for Linguistics Amsterdam: John Benjamins

Gussenhoven, C. and Jacobs, H. (2005) Understanding Phonolgoy (2nd ed.) London: Hodder

Haspelmath, M. and A. D. Sims (2010) Understanding Morphology (2nd ed.) London: Hodder

Lindsay J, (1997) Introduction to typology: the unity and diversity of language London: Sage Publications

O’Grady, W. and J. Archibald (2009) Contemporary Linguistic Analysis: An Introduction (6th ed.) Toronto: Pearson

Tallerman, M. (2005) Understanding Syntax (2nd ed.) London: Hodder

The World Atlas of Language Structures Online http://www.wals.info/

Chapters and articles focusing on particular features of the phonology, morphology and syntax of language.



OUTLINE SYLLABUS

Linguistic typology: language universals and linguistic variation
Phonology
• revision and extension of key concepts
• cross-linguistic topics e.g. autosegmental phonology and vowel harmony
Morphology
• revision and extension of key concepts
• cross-linguistic topics e.g. reduplication
Syntax
• revision and extension of key concepts
• cross-linguistic topics e.g. argument structure and valency alternation


AIMS OF MODULE

• To develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the phonological, morphological and syntactic structure of language
• To develop a critical awareness of the typological unity and diversity of language
• To explore in depth, individual topics in cross-linguistic structure
• To introduce students to independent research into cross-linguistic data



LEARNING OUTCOMES

On the successful completion of this module the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate a systematic approach to linguistic structure and an understanding of how theory underpins knowledge
• Critically evaluate arguments in the typological classification of languages.
• Describe and analyse in depth a range of cross-linguistic data
• Work autonomously in researching variation in linguistic structure across languages



PREREQUISITES

None.


COREQUISITE(S)

None.


DISTANCE LEARNING DELIVERY

Not Applicable.


LEARNING AND TEACHING STRATEGY

Teaching takes the form of a single three hour session each week.

In preparation for each session, students are given texts to read or tasks to complete. In classes, the main points of the syllabus are presented and students are then afforded the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding through the discussion of ideas and data sets and by performing additional tasks.

Students are also directed to additional readings to consolidate and extend their learning.

Under the guidance of the module tutor, students will be expected to identify an appropriate area for assessment which they will be required to research as independent learners and to execute in-depth study of chosen topics.

Advisory and feedback tutorials will be made available to give students individual support and guidance on any issues related to the module.

Course material will be posted on Blackboard and where appropriate Blackboard's interactive facilities will be used for student discussion and feedback.



ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK STRATEGY

a Formative assessment and rationale for tasks
Formative Assessment
Formative feedback on students’ understandings will be given throughout the taught sessions.

Summative Assessment
The assessment strategy closely follows the module's learning outcomes and its learning and teaching strategy.
The assessment will comprise two 3000 word linguistic analyses. Tasks will focus on particular structural features and cross-linguistic analyses or single languages (or language families). Precise guidance will be published in the Module Guide and on the eLP (Blackboard).

b. Feedback strategy
Students will receive:
• oral formative feedback on their progress in tutorials
• oral formative feedback through tutorials as required
• written summative feedback on the MRes feedback template


IMPLICATIONS FOR CHOICE

None.




 

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