SEL8644 : Topics in Language Structure: Finnish

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


1. To familiarize students with the grammatical properties as well as some of the history and social context of a language other than English;
2. to apply methods of syntactic, morphological and phonological analysis to the study of a particular language;
3. to explore in more detail the theoretical issues raised by phenomena in a particular language, in order to determine their bearing on general linguistic theory.

Outline Of Syllabus

Week 1. Introduction to the language that is the topic for the current year, its culture and some historical background. Introduction to the literature and other sources.
Weeks 2-12 Study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon and sociolinguistics of the language, and the implications of its properties for general linguistic theory.

The language chosen for 2019-2020 is Finnish.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading184:0084:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL3026The Structure of a Language
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will focus on the knowledge-based component of the module and provide guidance on the final assessment; small group teaching will focus on using knowledge of the language to develop skills in analysis.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M20In-class test of skills in analysing basic data in the language
Prob solv exercises2M20In-class test of skills in analysing more complex data in the language
Essay2A603000 words. Independent analysis of a selected group of phenomena in the language
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The mid-term problem-solving exercises will assess knowledge and skill in the analysis of language data. The final essay will assess the students' ability to carry out independent work on the analysis of data in the language.

Reading Lists