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

Undergraduate Course: Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers a brief introduction to the study of language in general and of English in particular. The course considers language structure, language variation, including English and Scots accents and dialects, and what makes language special.
Course description The course will introduce students to the study of the structure and use of language. Topics include:
- Prescriptivism vs descriptivism
- Language variation; Dialects and standard languages
- Cross-linguistic variation; Unfamiliar languages
- Sounds and sound systems
- The structure of words and sentences
- Language change
- Language as a system for communication
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  320
Course Start Semester 1
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 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1, worth 20%
Assignment 2, worth 40%
Assignment 3, worth 40%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the difference between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to language and grammar
  2. Understand the basic features of speech sounds, sound systems, word structure and sentence structure
  3. Understand the function of language as a vehicle for communication
  4. Understand some of the special features of human language
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsLEL1A,Linguistics,English Language
Contacts
Course organiserDr Christopher Cummins
Tel: (0131 6)50 6858
Email: ccummins@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
Email: Susan.Hermiston@ed.ac.uk
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