Undergraduate Course: A Brief Introduction to Language (LASC08016)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course offers a brief introduction to the study of the structure of language in general and of English in particular. The course considers language structure, English and Scots accents and dialects, and what makes language special.
This course does NOT qualify students to take any second-year courses in Linguistics and English Language, apart from LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages (LASC08021). It is only intended for (i) visiting students who are only at Edinburgh for semester 1 and for (ii) students who need to combine it with LEL2E: Structure and History of European Languages (LASC08021).First-year students looking to take Linguistics and English Language as an outside subject should take Linguistics & English Language 1 LASC08015), instead.
The course consists of two blocks:
Block 1: Phonetics and Phonology (dealing with sounds and sound systems)
Block 2: Morphology and Syntax (dealing with the structure of words and sentences)
In addition, there is a strand of lectures called "Language, Cognition and Communication" which considers language in its wider context.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| 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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Graeme Trousdale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3599
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440