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EL 2302
CONSTRUCTING WORDS AND MEANING: MORPHOLOGY
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr M Durham

Pre-requisite(s): LN 1002 or EL 1514 or equivalent. This pre-requisite may be waived at the discretion of the Undergraduate Programme Convener.

Note(s): This is a six week course.

From the moment we become literate, we are taught that the word is the smallest unit of meaning. This is not entirely correct. Words themselves are often made up of smaller meaningful elements. Underlying men, for instance, are two units: man and a plural marker. This course will teach you how English and other languages construct their vocabularies through word-formation, giving you the analytical and conceptual tools necessary to do so. You will also consider how the sound-pattern of a language interacts with its morphology (so that, in English, the plural's in hands is pronounced differently from the same ending in hats) as well as the ways in which word-formation can change over time.

2 one-hour lectures, a weekly online workshop and 1 one-hour tutorial per week.

1st Attempt: One 2,000 word essay (50%); 1 homework exercise (30%), tutorial assessment mark (20%).

Resit: Examination (100%).