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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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 the idea of ┐phonological theory┐ within the broader context of the study of linguistic structure. Lectures will consider some of the key characteristics of the phonology of English and will present some of the central concepts in phonological analysis: contrast; naturalness; derivation vs. representation; segmental and prosodic structure (features, syllables and feet); and the idea that phonology needs multiple levels of analysis (for example, at an underlying and surface level), and ways of mapping between them (such as phonological rules).

2. Morphology: explores some central aspects of the morphological structure of words. Drawing on the conceptual parallelism of the 'X-eme vs. allo-X' kind (phoneme/allophone, morpheme/allomorph, ┐), lectures will scrutinize some of the traditional elements of morphological analysis and then move on to structural analogies such as constituency structure, headedness etc. as well as to interactions of the morphology with the phonology, syntax and semantics.

3. Syntax/Semantics: presents both syntactic and semantic properties of certain major constructions in English in such a way that students are exposed the basic phenomena of syntax and semantics, specific theoretical approaches to their description, and certain general theoretical concerns. Topics to be explored include: tense, aspect, mood, and auxiliaries; heads and subcategorisation; argument realization; the structure and interpretation of noun phrases, including nominal modification and relative clauses; minor categories (determinative, subordinator, coordinator) and their syntax; passive constructions; finite and non-finite complementation; and clause types (declaratives, interrogatives, imperatives, exclamatives).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Linguistics & English Language 1 (LASC08015) OR Informatics 1 - Cognitive Science (INFR08020)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this