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Undergraduate Course: Universals of Language (LASC10100)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an overview of current explanations of language universals, with a focus on new empirical approaches to understanding how language structure might be shaped by the human cognitive system
Course description This course provides an overview of current explanations for language universals, with a focus on new empirical approaches to understanding how language structure might be shaped by the human cognitive system. We will consider universals of language structure in phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. In each domain we will discuss in detail recent empirical advances and their implications for the field.
The course is aimed at students with a background in linguistics and a broader interest in cognitive science, language acquisition, language variation and change, and/or the evolution of language.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017) AND LEL2D: Cross-linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories (LASC08020)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework: 33%, Project: 67%. Assessment will consist of a 1000 word essay, and a 3500 word final written project report.
Feedback Feedback will be given on coursework (research proposal essay) at the half-way point in the semester.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical understanding of major debates about language universals.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of empirical methods used to study the psychological underpinnings of language universals.
  3. Critically identify outstanding questions, problems or issues in research on language universals.
  4. Work with others to offer solutions to outstanding questions in the study of language universals.
  5. Communicate ideas about specialised research questions in writing.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 18 one hour lectures
9 tutorials
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Jennifer Culbertson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5510
Course secretaryMiss Emma Nelson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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