Undergraduate Course: Morphology (LASC10086)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course provides a cross-linguistic overview of the properties of inflectional morphology, derivational morphology and compounds, and discusses some of the implications of these for linguistic theory.
The course will provide a detailed overview of the issues involved in the study of complex words, both where it concerns word formation (compounding and derivation) and where it concerns inflectional processes. Topics to be addressed with regard to word formation include the debate on whether complex words always have an internal hierarchical morphemic structure or not, the concept of headedness in morphological structures, the various types of compounds that have been distinguished (root compounds, synthetic compounds, co-compounds etc.), and the workings of forms of word formation such as reduplication and truncation. With respect to inflection, the various classes of inflection that we see cross-linguistically will be discussed, and phenomena such as syncretism, multiple exponence, and agreement will be analysed. The relation of morphology to other components of grammar (syntax, phonology and semantics) will also be discussed. The general outlook will be a formal theoretical one, but no particular conception of morphology will be singled out to the exclusion of discussion of others. A main aim of the course is in fact to show how one can arrive from a particular data set at different possible analyses of these data, which may each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
2-hour exam (60%)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
| At the end of the course students will
- be thoroughly familiar with concepts and ideas used in the study of complex words
- be able to apply these concepts and ideas to new and unfamiliar data
- be able to critically evaluate literature that makes use of these concepts and ideas
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Peter Ackema
Tel: (0131 6)50 3495
|Course secretary||Miss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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