Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Linguistics for Literary Analysis
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2000 word essay  60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Examination  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit failed or missed essay assignment  60%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Resit failed or missed examination  40%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Apply linguistic analysis to literary texts

2. Appraise literary texts in the context of major sociolinguistic concepts

3. Demonstrate an awareness of the relevance of linguistic history to their literary analysis


This module is designed to introduce students with and without a background in linguistics to the ways in which a linguistic approach can extend and enhance their study of literature. It contains two main sections, one giving an introduction to major areas of sociolinguistics and the other allowing students to study the ways in which specific authors (see module details below) use language using close reading to explore the nuances of each text.

Brief description

The module will contain two sections, weighted 2/3rd (assessed by essay) 1/3rd (special author commentary).
The political and historical topics might include language and gender, the politics of ‘standard English’, lexicography, the politics of code and register, “literary language”, cognitive poetics, and orality and literacy. The linguistic commentary will require students to write a detailed linguistic commentary on approx. 400 words taken from the work of an author studied during the semester.


Week 1: Introduction to Sociolinguistic Study: understanding applied literary linguistics and Sociolinguistic analysis.
Week 2: Language and Gender: change over time, unpicking gendered language; queering language
Week 3: Applied Literary Analysis One: Jane Austen
Week 4: The politics of ‘Standard English’
Week 5: Applied Literary Analysis Two: Thomas Hardy
Week 6: Lexicography
Reading week
Week 7: Applied Literary Analysis Three: John Betjeman
Week 8: Orality and Literacy
Week 9: Applied Literary Analysis Four: Kate Tempest
Week 10: Is There Any Such Thing As Literary Language?

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Written communication in the form of essays, oral communication in seminar discussion and group mini presentations.
Improving own Learning and Performance Developing own research skills, management of time, expression and use of language.
Information Technology Use of electronic resources (JSTOR, websites); use of databases of digitized newspapers and periodicals; the production of written work
Personal Development and Career planning Through critical self-reflection; transferable communication and research skills.
Problem solving Formulating and developing extended arguments; practical application of knowledge in commentaries.
Research skills By relating literary texts to historical contexts and theoretical commentaries, and by synthesizing various perspectives in an evaluative argument and practical commentaries.
Subject Specific Skills Practical proficiency in critical writing; close reading; analysis of texts and research sources; revision and editing.
Team work Through group mini presentations in seminars – this will involve preparation outside of class and team work within the seminar.


This module is at CQFW Level 5