SML1019 : Introduction to Linguistics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Damien Hall
- Lecturer: Professor Ian MacKenzie, Dr Carol Fehringer
- Owning School: Modern Languages
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
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 historical linguistics will be explored.
Outline Of Syllabus
Lectures and seminars alternate
sociolinguistics: language contact
sociolinguistics: language variation
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||7||2:00||14:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||16||1:00||16:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||166:00||166:00||N/A|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||30||Class test|
|Written exercise||1||M||Practice 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 formative assessment is a practice transcription in Semester 1.