|| ED10310 |
|| THE DESIGN OF HUMAN LANGUAGE |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Mr Robert Morris Jones |
|| Semester 1 |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 10 Hours |
|| Seminars / Tutorials || Tutorial. Every fortnight. |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Written exam. ||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| Continuous Assessment: Assignment of 2, 000 words ||40%|
At the end of this module, students should:
have developed an introductory understanding of linguistic structure on a descriptive level;
have become aware of the principles and methods of descriptive linguistics;
be able to apply all of the above to debates on language issues, especially in Education.
Language is one of the main characteristics of humans, and the purpose of this module is to appreciate its properties. Applying modern Linguistics, the structure of language is described on an introductory basis, and the basic methods of analysing structure are explained. In the light of this, attitudes towards language can be discussed, including those based on correctness. This module complements interests in sociolinguistics and computational linguistics. It makes students aware of basic concepts of descriptive analysis which are relevant to more advanced and specialized modules at levels 2 and 3.
To promote an understanding of linguistic structure on a descriptive level.
To promote an understanding of the methods and principles of descriptive linguistic analysis.
To provide opportunities to practice and develop analytic skills.
To encourage the application of all of the above in debates on language issues in general but especially in Education.
Lectures are based on the following topics:
Language and knowledge of language
Accents and their sounds
Over the segments
Words and their classes
Combining words: phrases, sentences and linguistic creativity
Words and their meanings
Meaning and the wider context of language
Variation in linguistic structure
Human language and animal communication
Tutorials provide students with the opportunity to apply the principles and methods which are introduced in the lectures:
to additional data,
to issues relating to language, especially in Education.
Lyons, John (1981) Language and Linguistics
Atkinson, Martin et al (1988) Foundations Of General Linguistics
2. Allen & Unwin
O'Grady, William , Michael Dobrovolsky, and Francis Katamba (editors) (1997) Contemporary Linguistics: an introduction
London; New York: Longman
Trask, R.L. (1995) Language: the basics,
Yule, George (1996) The Study of Language
2nd. Cambridge: CUP
This module is at CQFW Level 4