LING10040 Words and Sentences

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module focuses on the processes by which natural language constructs words (Morphology), phrases and sentences (Syntax). The content is formal in nature and involves a substantial amount of abstraction aimed at capturing underlying patterns of distribution, the formulation of grammatical rules and the representation of structures in the form of diagrams, in addition to related technical terminology.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to recognise and explain patterns of distribution;
apply the techniques of linguistic analysis and problem-solving (data analysis); represent word, phrase and sentence structures in the form of visually friendly diagrams; appreciate and manipulate the various types of rules of word, phrase and sentence formation; appreciate and manipulate relevant technical terminology.

Indicative Module Content:

Lexicon: the building blocks of language
Morphology: morphemic analysis (of complex words); classification of morphemes; word structure and derivation
Syntax: constituent analysis (of phrases and sentences); phrase and sentence structure; sentence derivation involving transformational rules
General: Theory construction and natural language modelling; evidence-based reasoning

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module's teaching and learning rely heavily on in-lecture problem-sets and collective feedback on them. Assessment is mostly based on problem-sets. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Problem sets Week 6 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Problem sets Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on Week 4 Assignment provided in Weeks 6-8 Feedback on Week 8 Assignment provided in Weeks 10-12

Core textbook:
Title: An Introduction to Language
Authors: V. Fromkin, R. Rdoman and N. Hyams
Edition: 7th
Publisher: Thompson and Heinle
Name Role
Leire Sarto Zubiaurre Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 4, 6, 9, 11 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50