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SML1019 : Introduction to Linguistics

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to provide students with a broad-based introduction to linguistics using data mainly from French, German, and Spanish. It provides a basic introduction to the scientific study of human language. Students will be introduced to the description of French, German, or Spanish, especially to phonetic transcription and some basic tools for the description of the respective sound system, word structure and sentence structure. In Semester 2 more general topics such as sociolinguistics and language acquisition will be explored.

Outline Of Syllabus

Lectures and seminars alternate
Topics: phonetics
phonology
morphology
syntax
semantics
pragmatics
sociolinguistics: language contact
sociolinguistics: language variation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching171:0017:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

General linguistics concepts are introduced in lectures which are then applied to French, German and Spanish in seminars. The seminars give the students the opportunity to examine the linguistic structure of their chosen language through regular exercises, discussion and group work.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601M30Exam to be taken towards the end of the Semester.
Written Examination702A70N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPractice transcription
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written in-class test will assess factual and technical knowledge, while the final examination will also assess analytical skills and self-expression. The overall assessment package aims to ensure both subject-specific knowledge development and the consolidation of core transferrable skills.

The resit is the same as the summer examination.

The formative assessment is a practice transcription in Semester 1.

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