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Module

SEL1027 : Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Syntax and Phonology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gary Taylor-Raebel
  • Lecturer: Dr Joel Wallenberg
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To establish a basic understanding of language structure with respect to developing the skills necessary for examining and describing linguistic data. This module will heighten metalinguistic awareness in a systematic way that will inform and enhance the sensitivity, accuracy, and clarity of the student's knowledge of language structure, including English. There will also be lectures relating these strucural issues to questions of wider interest (see below).

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Language Structure

The core of the module consists of the foundations for the study of language, sentence structure and language sounds & systems. The sentence structure component in the module includes English sentence structure, involving syntactic structure, constituency, function, and categories, modification, and complementation. The language sounds component examines the representation of speech sounds and articulatory classification, along with the description of consonants and vowels and the structure of the syllable. The fundamental distinction between phonetics and phonology and the distribution of speech sounds will also be inroduced.

Throughout the module these structural aspects will be related to wider questions such as: how do children acquire language? what’s the relationship between language and literacy? how can people with different dialects still understand each other? what’s wrong with the English spelling system? how can syntactic structure explain ambiguous sentences? what causes a foreign accent?

Taken as a whole, this module will lay the foundations not only for the linguistic structures to be studied but also for the kinds of questions an understanding of language structures can help to address.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable