Courses - Faculty of Arts


Linguistics

Stage I

LINGUIST 100
15 Points

Introduction to Linguistics

An introduction to the main areas of linguistics: the production and function of sounds in language (phonetics and phonology), word structure and word formation (morphology), the principles of grammar through a study of sentence structure (syntax), and various aspects of meaning (semantics). The course is a self-contained introduction and assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics or language study.

Restriction: LINGUIST 103

LINGUIST 101
15 Points

LINGUIST 101G
15 Points

Language, Mind and Society

A survey of three areas: the interaction between language structure and use on the one hand, and social structure and social norms on the other (sociolinguistics); the relationship between linguistic and cultural knowledge (anthropological linguistics); and the inter-relationship of language and other cognitive structures, especially as it is revealed through language acquisition (psycholinguistics).

Stage II

LINGUIST 200
15 Points

Syntax

Continues on from LINGUIST 100 or 103 and consists of a formal and a functional part, providing problems and exercises in syntactic analysis, as well as an introduction to grammatical theories and types of grammatical system.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103

LINGUIST 201
15 Points

Phonetics and Phonology

Includes a survey of speech sounds in the world's languages, an overview of speech production and perception, and an introduction to how these sounds are organised into language. Includes a practical component in which theories are applied to language data.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103

LINGUIST 203
15 Points

Applied English Grammar

Covers the different types of sentences in English, with special attention to the relationship between grammar and meaning, tense, aspect and voice; their roles in texts, such as foregrounding, backgrounding and highlighting information, and introducing new information. Students will be shown how to distinguish standard and non-standard varieties of written English, and how to judge if written sentences are effective, appropriate and grammatical.

Prerequisite: 15 points at Stage I

LINGUIST 206
15 Points

Semantics and Pragmatics

An introduction to a wide range of issues of contemporary relevance to the study of meaning. The semantics part includes topics in structural, truth-conditional and cognitive semantics. The pragmatics part covers some of the basic topics in pragmatics.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103

Restriction: LINGUIST 302

LINGUIST 207
15 Points

English Language to 1900

Introduction to the history of the English language from its origins to 1900, with an emphasis on the development of sound changes, grammar, words and meanings in sociocultural and historical contexts.

Prerequisite: 30 points in English or Linguistics

Restriction: ENGLISH 203

Stage III

LINGUIST 300
15 Points

Advanced Syntax

A continuation of LINGUIST 200. Examines selected topics, such as syntactic dependencies, movement, grammatical relations, phrase structure, typology and universals.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200

LINGUIST 301
15 Points

Advanced Phonology

A continuation of LINGUIST 201, introducing a more theoretical approach to phonology including distinctive feature theory, syllable theory, metrical phonology, autosegmental phonology and lexical phonology. Issues are explored in the context of a constraint-based approach to phonology. Includes a practical component in which theories are applied to language data.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 201

LINGUIST 305
15 Points

Child Language Acquisition

Examines the patterns and mechanisms by which children acquire knowledge of their native language and assesses a number of current theories which have been developed to explain the process.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200 or 201 or 203

LINGUIST 308
15 Points

Language Change

Introduces long-term historical trends, types of language change, language families and comparative reconstruction.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 200, 201

Restriction: LINGUIST 202

LINGUIST 310
15 Points

Linguistics Essays Course

Students undertake supervised research.

Prerequisite: Permission of Academic Head or nominee

LINGUIST 311
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 314
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 315
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 320
15 Points

Topics in Pragmatics

Pragmatics is the systematic study of language in use and is a rapidly developing discipline in linguistics. This course will give a critical survey of the central topics and the latest developments of pragmatics. The domain of pragmatics, implicature, presupposition, speech act and deixis will be among the issues dealt with in individual lectures.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 206

LINGUIST 322
15 Points

Middle English: Language and Change

A study of the origins, development and influences on English until around 1500.

Prerequisite: 15 points from LINGUIST 200, 201, ENGLISH 203

LINGUIST 324
15 Points

Morphology

Provides an overview of linguistic morphology and the various strategies of word formation across languages. Theories such as Distributed Morphology, Lexical Phonology and Morphology, Lexeme-Based Morphology, Prosodic Morphology, and Word Syntax will be discussed, and the course will include a practical component in which these theories are applied to language data.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 100 or 103

Postgraduate 700 Level Courses

LINGUIST 700
15 Points

Directed Study

LINGUIST 701
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 704
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 705
15 Points

Field Methods: Phonetics and Phonology

Students analyse the structure of an unfamiliar language, focusing on phonetics and phonology. The language studied in LINGUIST 705 and 706 may be the same in any given academic year.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 201 and either LINGUIST 300 or 313

Restriction: LINGUIST 707

LINGUIST 706
15 Points

Field Methods: Morpho-syntax

Students analyse the structure of an unfamiliar language, focusing on morphosyntax. The language studied in LINGUIST 705 and 706 may be the same in any given academic year.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 201 and either LINGUIST 300 or 313

Restriction: LINGUIST 707

LINGUIST 709
15 Points

Linguistic Research

Research methods and practices in Linguistics, which provides students with skills necessary for carrying out linguistic research. In addition to practicum sessions students will propose, develop and complete an independent research project.

LINGUIST 720
15 Points

Functional-typological Syntax

Cross-linguistic examination of selected topics, such as lexical categories, passives, transitivity, serial verb constructions, head-marking and dependent-marking, and iconicity. Consideration will be given both to differences among languages and to recurrent patterns.

LINGUIST 721
15 Points

Formal Syntax

Formal theories of syntax, generative grammar, and current topics of interest to students. This could include: LFG, Minimalism, the DP analysis, theories of argument structure, and/or formal models of language processing.

LINGUIST 722
15 Points

Phonology

A range of topics from the field of non-linear phonology, including autosegmental phonology, syllable theory, feature geometry and CV phonology.

LINGUIST 724
15 Points

Semantics and Pragmatics

Deals with a wide range of issues in semantics and especially pragmatics. Topics may include implicature, presupposition, speech act, deixis, reference, pragmatics and cognition, pragmatics and semantics, and pragmatics and syntax.

Prerequisite: LINGUIST 206 or 302, or equivalent

LINGUIST 731
15 Points

Historical Linguistics

Current topics in historical linguistics, such as: theories of change in sound systems; syntactic change and syntactic reconstruction; grammaticalisation; distant genetic relationships and comparative methods.

LINGUIST 736
15 Points

Issues in Advanced Morphology

Focuses on competing theoretical models of morphology and includes application of one theory in an extended analysis.

LINGUIST 739
15 Points

Directed Study

Directed reading and individual study course designed in consultation with appropriate staff according to the field of research.

LINGUIST 743
15 Points

Special Topic

LINGUIST 790
30 Points

LINGUIST 790A
15 Points

LINGUIST 790B
15 Points

Research Project

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 790 A and B, or LINGUIST 790

LINGUIST 792
45 Points

LINGUIST 792A
22.5 Points

LINGUIST 792B
22.5 Points

Dissertation

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 792 A and B, or LINGUIST 792

LINGUIST 793A
45 Points

LINGUIST 793B
45 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 793 A and B

LINGUIST 796A
60 Points

LINGUIST 796B
60 Points

Thesis

To complete this course students must enrol in LINGUIST 796 A and B

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