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Semester 1

LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)


Language Sciences and Linguistics





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Visiting students should have passed at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.

Course Summary

This course presents a detailed discussion of aspects of the structure of Modern English in relation to some core elements of linguistic theory.

Course Description

The course explores the linguistic structure of Modern English in relation to some central issues in linguistic theory. The teaching is organised thematically, covering the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of English as the principal components of linguistic structure. **1. Phonology: introduces some key ideas from phonological theory within the broader context of the study of linguistic structure. Material will consider some of the main characteristics of the phonology of English and will present some of the central concepts in phonological analysis. **2. Morphology: explores some central aspects of the morphological structure of English words, examining some of the traditional elements of morphological analysis. **3. Syntax: presents syntactic properties of major constructions in English, including a thorough grounding in syntactic structure. **4. Semantics: develops a logical analysis of the meaning of English sentences and its relationship to syntactic structures.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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Related Courses

LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods LEL2C: English in Time and Space LEL2D: Cross-linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories


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