School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Foundations of Language

Module code: LIN4208

Credits: 30.0
Semester: SEM1

  • Semester 1: Thursday 3 pm - 5 pm
  • Semester 1: Monday 11 am - 1 pm
  • Semester 1: Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm

Contact: Dr Hazel Pearson
Overlap: LIN4200
Prerequisite: None

This module introduces students to the core concepts, terminology, and technical apparatus of the structural parts of linguistics (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics), as well as the conceptual underpinnings of the discipline. You will learn about fundamental concepts such as: contrast and distribution; structure; rules and representations; the cognitive basis of language and how that is distinct from its social basis; language universals and variation. You will also learn how to solve problems of linguistic analysis using these concepts and the terminology and techniques of the discipline as well as how to use hypothesis testing to devise solutions to these problems. These are all fundamental pieces of knowledge and skills that will provide the foundation for any further study in linguistics.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 50.0% Coursework, 50.0% Examination
Level: 4