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ET213 - Linguistics: Acquisition and Use

  • Module code: ET213
  • Module name: Linguistics: Acquisition and Use
  • Department: Centre for Applied Linguistics
  • Credit: 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims to: • Expand on concepts introduced during ET118: Linguistics: Understanding Language in order to provide core knowledge and skills for students in all fields of language study. • Familiarize students with the syntax, morphology, and phonology of the world’s languages. • Introduce methodologies from a range of linguistic disciplines to document, study, and analyse language data. • Engage students in linguistic analysis within a language and cross-linguistically, both synchronically and diachronically. • Introduce research about and approaches to second language acquisition. • Examine ways that semantic and social meanings are constructed, and ways that human brain creates language and that language interacts with the human mind.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to: • Describe syntactic, morphological, phonological, phonetic, and pragmatic patterns of the languages of the world. • Label morpho-syntactic, phonetic, and pragmatic features of languages with disciplinary terminology. • Analyse raw linguistic data to determine features of a language or dialect. • Categorize changes in languages and dialects resulting from contact, internal change, and other factors. • Identify physiological structures and psychological factors relevant to language acquisition, production, perception, and interpretation. • Propose appropriate methodologies to document and study language. • Discuss core theories, findings, and approaches from a range of linguistic disciplines. • Write research-based work in a clear, informative, and structured way. • Communicate clearly in oral presentation and academic discussion.

Timetabled teaching activities

lectures (2 hours a week) and seminars (1 hour a week)

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: ET213-30)
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 3000 word assignment 50%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Linguistics with Portuguese (with Year Abroad) (Q2R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French and Linguistics (R1Q3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate German Studies with Linguistics (R2Q2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate German and Linguistics (R2Q3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Hispanic Studies and Linguistics (R4Q1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Modern Languages and Linguistics (R9Q1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Modern Languages with Linguistics (R9Q2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Language, Culture and Communication (X3Q5) - Year 2
Optional Core