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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Language Sciences

Undergraduate Course: Linguistics & English Language 1 (LASC08015)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis course offers an introduction to the study of language in general and to the study of English in particular. The course considers language structure, language variation, English and Scots accents and dialects, language change, the history of English and Scots, how languages can be related to each other, and what makes language special.
Course description The course consists of four blocks, i.e. two in each semester.
Block 1: Phonetics and Phonology (dealing with sounds and sound systems)
Block 2: Morphology and Syntax (dealing with the structure of words and sentences)
Block 3: Meaning and Text
Block 4: Variation and Change
In addition, there is a strand of lectures called "Language, Cognition and Communication" which considers language in its wider context. This strand runs throughout both semesters.
More detailed information about the course will be available in the course handbook, which can be found on this page:
*Please note that during the summer months, only last year's course handbook may be available from this page and there may be some changes from one year to another, but it will still give a good idea of the course content.

For semester 2, Dr Linda van Bergen ( will replace Dr Graeme Trousdale as course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking A Brief Introduction to Language (LASC08016) OR Linguistics 1A (LASC08004) OR Linguistics 1B (LASC08012) OR English Language 1 (LASC08001)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, as long as they have participated fully in it, students will understand:

-basic principles for the description of the sounds and sound systems used in languages, and how they can be applied to describe English
-basic principles for the description of grammatical structure and the structure of words, and how they can be applied to describe English
-basic principles for the systematic study of word and sentence meaning, and how they can be applied to describe English
-aspects of discourse structure, largely applied to the description of English
-basic principles of and links between language variation and language change
-the ways in which speakers vary in their use of language and how English varies around the English-speaking world
-the fundamental ways in which English has changed over time
-basic claims about what language is and how it differs from other communication systems
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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