Linguistics and English Language

Overview

An overview of LEL1A and LEL1B: course aims and objectives

Course aims and objectives

Linguistics and English Language 1A

Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022) is available as a self-contained, one semester, 20 credit, course taken in Semester 1.

LEL1A provides an introductory course to the structure and use of English and other languages with three broad aims:

  1. to introduce you to the scientific study of language in a coherent and systematic way.
  2. to introduce you to the fundamental terminology and analytic concepts involved in the study of the linguistic structure of English and other languages.
  3. to encourage you to see language in its broader setting as a social, historical and biological phenomenon.

The more specific objectives of the course are to give students an understanding of:

  • The difference between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to language and grammer.
  • The basic features of speech sounds, sound systems, word structure and sentence structure.
  • The function of language as a vehicle for communication.
  • Some of the special features of human language.

DRPS

The DRPS entry for LEL1A:

Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022)

Course aims and objectives

Linguistics and English Language 1B

Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023) is a one semester, 20 credit course, taken in semester 2. It follows on from LEL1A, developing the tools and knowledge needed to investigate in a systematic way the different subsystems of langauge already introduced in LEL1A. Topics include the study of meaning and how meaning arises in context, word and sentence structure, sounds and sound systems, language variation and change, and the study of the history of English.

It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed LEL1A and a student who has been registered for LEL1B but does not pass LEL1A in the 1st semester must contact the Course Organiser for his/her approval before continuing with LEL1B.

The more specific objectives of the course are to give students an understanding of:

  • The principles for the systematic study of word and sentence meaning. Examples may come from different languages but illustration is primarily through the medium of English.
  • How meaning cannot be understood in isolation but interacts with many aspects of the context of language use.
  • The principles for the description of grammatical structure and the structure of words, phrases and sentences and how they can be applied to describe English and other languages.
  • The principles for the description of the sounds and sound systems used in languages around the world and how they can be applied to describe English.
  • How languages vary and change over time and what basic phenomena are exhibited by language variation and change in general. Knowledge of the history of English, and insight into how English varies around the English-speaking world.

DRPS

The DRPS entry for LEL1B:

Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)

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MyEd

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  • Tutorial arrangements
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