Undergraduate Course: LEL2A: Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English (LASC08017)
|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 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course presents a detailed discussion of aspects of the structure of Modern English in relation to some core elements of linguistic theory.
The course explores the linguistic structure of Modern English in relation to some central issues in linguistic theory. The teaching is organised thematically, covering the phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics of English as the principal components of linguistic structure.
1. Phonology: introduces some key ideas from phonological theory within the broader context of the study of linguistic structure. Material will consider some of the main characteristics of the phonology of English and will present some of the central concepts in phonological analysis.
2. Morphology: explores some central aspects of the morphological structure of English words, examining some of the traditional elements of morphological analysis.
3. Syntax: presents syntactic properties of major constructions in English, including a thorough grounding in syntactic structure.
4. Semantics: develops a logical analysis of the meaning of English sentences and its relationship to syntactic structures.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Essay worth 40%
Syntax assignment worth 20%
Semantics assignment worth 20%
Learn assessment worth 20%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the structure of the phonological system of English and the theoretical issues that arise in its description and analysis.
- Understand the way that words are structured in English and other languages and the relations between morphology, phonology, syntax and semantics.
- Have an understanding of the foundations of syntactic and semantic analysis.
- Be able to parse any English sentence, and objectively analyse grammatical phenomena in English and other languages.
- Be able to critically assess different theoretical analyses of particular constructions
|Bauer, Laurie. 2003. Introducting Linguistic Morphology (2nd edition; 1st edn. 1988). Edinburgh: EUP.|
Carr, Philip. 2013. English Phonetics and Phonology: An Introduction (make sure you use this, the 2nd, edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Carstairs-McCarthy, Andrew. 2018. An Introduction to English Morphology (2nd edition; 1st edn. 2002). Edinburgh: EUP.
Cruse, Alan. 2000. Meaning in Language: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics. Oxford: OUP.
Giegerich, Heinz. 1992. English Phonology: An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP.
Hayes, Bruce. 2009. Introductory Phonology. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Kearns. Kate. 2000. Semantics. London: Palgrave.
Plag, Ingo. 2019. Word-Formation in English (2nd edition). Cambridge: CUP.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Itamar Kastner
Tel: (0131 6)50 6802
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440