Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:36
Although we often see words as basic units of meaning, many actually consist of smaller subcomponents. These are not thrown together at random, but combine systematically to create meaning. For instance, we can add the English prefix 'un-' to adjectives (as in 'unhappy'), but not nouns (as in *'undog'). Likewise, words are organised into sentences according to the grammatical rules of a specific language: 'happy dogs eat biscuits' is acceptable in English, but 'dogs happy biscuits eat' is not. This course examines how words and sentences are constructed, giving students analytical and conceptual tools to explore these components of language.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.
1st Attempt: 2 homework exercises c.2,500 words (40% each); tutorial assessment mark (20%) Resit: 1 two hour written examination (100%)
Formative assessment will be given through discussion of tutorial topics and students' performance in tutorials (on request). Formative assessment will also be provided in written comments on the homework exercises.