Undergraduate Course: Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023)
|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 follows on from LEL1A, developing the tools and knowledge needed to investigate in a systematic way the different subsystems of language¿dealing with sound, meaning, word and sentence structure already introduced in that course, and how these subsystems are subject to variation and change.
Building on the understanding of how language works developed in LEL1A, LEL1B focuses on acquiring the skills and knowledge to investigate further some central aspects of language. The course discusses the structure of human language, the ways in which languages can vary and change, and the ways in which language is put to use. Topics include the study of meaning and the influence of context on meaning, word and sentence structure, sounds and sound systems, language variation and change, and how the history of languages can be investigated.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022)
||Other requirements|| Students should not register for LEL1B without taking LEL1A. A student who has been registered for LEL1B but does not pass LEL1A in the 1st semester must contact the Course Organiser for their approval before continuing with LEL1B.
Priority will be given to Year 1 students, in particular those who need to take this course as a requirement of their degree programme.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have completed an introductory course in linguistics equivalent to Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022) but are strongly advised to contact the Course Organiser to check whether their previous study gives them the necessary background for the course.
|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 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Homework exercises worth 20%
Midterm assignment worth 40%
Final assignment worth 40%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the principles for the systematic study of word and sentence meaning. Examples may come from different languages but illustration is primarily through the medium of English.
- Understand aspects of how context affects meaning. Examples may come from different languages but illustration is primarily through the medium of English.
- Understand the principles for the description of grammatical structure and the structure of words, phrases and sentences, and how they can be applied to describe English and other languages.
- Understand the principles for the description of the sounds and sound systems used in languages around the world, and how they can be applied to describe English.
- Understand how languages vary and change over time and what basic phenomena are exhibited by language variation and change in general. Discuss in these terms the history of English, with insight into how English varies around the English-speaking world.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Dan Lassiter
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440