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Undergraduate Course: Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course follows on from LEL1A, developing the tools and knowledge needed to investigate in a systematic way the different subsystems of language¿dealing with sound, meaning, word and sentence structure¿already introduced in that course, and how these subsystems are subject to variation and change.
Course description Building on the understanding of how language works developed in LEL1A, LEL1B focuses on acquiring the skills and knowledge to investigate further some central aspects of language. The course discusses the structure of human language, the ways in which languages can vary and change, and the ways in which language is put to use. Topics include the study of meaning and the influence of context on meaning, word and sentence structure, sounds and sound systems, language variation and change, and how the history of languages can be investigated.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 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.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) (i) Coursework (50%)
(ii) Written exam (50%). (Consisting partly of MCQ questions, partly of open questions).
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Linguistics and English Language 1B3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand 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.
  2. Understand aspects of how context affects meaning. Examples may come from different languages but illustration is primarily through the medium of English.
  3. Understand 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.
  4. Understand 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.
  5. Understand how languages vary and change over time and what basic phenomena are exhibited by language variation and change in general. Discuss in these terms the history of English, with insight into how English varies around the English-speaking world.
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Course organiserProf Caroline Heycock
Tel: (0131 6)51 1999
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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