LING10050 Introduction to Linguistics

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides an introduction to the main areas of Linguistics and language study. it covers Phonetics (the sounds used by Human Languages), Phonology (the analysis of how sounds are organised in specific languages), Morphology (how words are constructed in languages), Syntax (how phrases and sentences are constructed in languages), Semantics (the study nof meaning in words and phrases), and Pragmatics (how meaning can be infered in langauge from context). It also provides an analysis of current theories of Language Acquisition and Language Impairment.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Describe and classify the sounds of language
Read basic transcriptions in the International Phonetic Alphabet
Describe systematic generalisations
Recognise and explain patterns of distribution
Represent word, phrase and sentence structures in diagramatic form
Distinguish those parts of meaning in language that are independant of context
Identify the contribution context makes to meaning in language use

Indicative Module Content:

Sounds in Language
Words and Sentences
Cognitive impairment
Feral Children
Brain and Language

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures will involve information delivery, class language tasks, discussion and writing for learning exercises.
There are no tutorials in this module.
The module will encourage critical thinking, problem solving and communication.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

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: analysis of language data Week 7 n/a Graded No


Assignment: analysis of language data Week 10 n/a Graded No


Attendance: Participitation and Attendance Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Journal: A language awareness journal Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Assignment: analysis of language data Week 4 n/a Graded No


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

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Feedback on content and writing style after submission

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) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 09:00 - 09:50