Pre-requisites: An A-level in a modern foreign language

Aims/Description: This module provides students with an overview of key topics in the field of linguistics, with an emphasis on the structure of modern European languages and the social contexts in which they are used. The module starts by introducing students to the structural aspects of language and then moves on to explore sociolinguistic topics. Attention will be given to sound systems, linguistic structures, language variation, and the complex relationship between language and social life. Topics will include phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language variation, pragmatics and sociolinguistics.

Staff Contact: Dr P O"Neill
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Languages and Cultures):

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