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Module

SEL3410 : Special Topic in Linguistic Theory

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gary Taylor-Raebel
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module explores intermediate to advanced phonological theory, focusing on analysis and argumentation in linguistics relative to the topic under study.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course this year will look specifically at Optimality Theory and Government Phonology.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials92:0018:00Online lectures introducing the key concepts.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading190:0090:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous small-group discussion of module materials and set exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Synchronous small-group workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study130:0030:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8684Further Topics In Linguistic Theory
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Directed readings help students come to grips with primary literature in linguistic theory. Discussion of readings will be expected. Students will also be expected to lead discussion of papers read by the group as a whole. Private study is an important part of the module, requiring close reading of the material both in advance of seminars and as a follow-up to them. In addition to close reading of the papers assigned to the group as a whole, each student will need to spend time reading and understanding literature specifically relevant to the topic of their assessment essay.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A1004000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Given that the student will be dealing with primary literature, the assessment provides a means for the student to show an understanding of the tools and methods of linguistic theorising through either analysing some set of data in a fashion relevant to the topic at hand, or presenting an informed evaluation of particular positions in the literature.

Reading Lists

Timetable