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Module

SEL3026 : The Structure of a Language: Bengali

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr William van der Wurff
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

1. To familiarise student with the grammatical properties as well as some of the history and social context of a language other than English.
2. To apply the knowledge of syntax, morphology, phonology and sociolinguistics acquired in the theoretical modules to the study of one particular language.

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 2-11 Study of the phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon and sociolinguistics of the language.

This module is all about language structure. The specific language to be focused on varies from year to year. The one chosen for 2021-2022 is Bengali. This is one of the main languages of South Asia, with a vibrant community of speakers (over 200 million of them, making it the 5th language of the world), a rich history (with early literature going back to 1000AD) and many interesting linguistic properties.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading187:0087:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8644Topics in Language Structure: Bengali
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures: to give background knowledge of facts about the language, methods of analysis, and theoretical issues in analysis; providing guidelines and examples for the final essay
Seminars: to practice linguistic 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 exercises1M35Test of skills in analysing data in the language
Essay1A652500 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

Timetable