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EL50D2: FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


Course Overview

This core course introduces students to advanced study of the English language. Three key aspects of the structure of English are introduced: the sound patterns of English (phonology); the structure of English words (morphology) and the structure of sentences (syntax). We then consider the relationship between the semantic meaning of linguistic constructions and their pragmatic implications. The course will enable students to refer confidently to the structure and use of the English language in their own research projects, whether the focus is literary or linguistic. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Dawn Leslie

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme
  • Master Of Letters In English Language And Literature

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course begins with an exploration of universal phonetic properties of human speech, before focusing on the specific sound patterns found in English phonology, including the nature of variation across a range of accents of English. We then consider the structure of words in English by focusing on inflectional and derivational morphology and the ways in which complex words are constructed. The third structural aspect of the English language we investigate is syntax, or how sentences are constructed from smaller linguistic units.

Precise and focused knowledge of the structure of the English language will then allow students to produce well-informed explanations of aspects of English usage. We will consider the features of English in spoken discourse and written texts, and the potential for there to be mismatches between the semantic meanings of words and the pragmatic, or real-world, meaning of a given linguistic construction in context. This approach can help to develop literary analyses of the ‘style’ of particular texts or writers; it can also allow for informed analyses of texts and spoken discourse in non-literary contexts.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week s 9 - 19

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
Assessment Weeks 18 Feedback Weeks 20

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Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents are able to apply their knowledge of linguistic structure to produce analyses of the meanings of texts.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents can evaluate the ways in which the semantic meanings and pragmatic implications of English usage can differ.

Contribution to Online Reflective Journal

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
Assessment Weeks 17 Feedback Weeks 20

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyStudents are able to produce detailed and informed analyses of the linguistic structure of spoken and written language.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents understand key concepts and terminology from phonology, morphology and syntax.
ReflectionEvaluateStudents are able to critically reflect on their learning, demonstrated through online participation.

Language Analysis Exercise: Phonology

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 10 Feedback Weeks 13

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyStudents are able to produce detailed and informed analyses of the linguistic structure of spoken and written language.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents understand key concepts and terminology from phonology, morphology and syntax.

Language Analysis Exercise: Phonology

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 13 Feedback Weeks 16

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyStudents are able to produce detailed and informed analyses of the linguistic structure of spoken and written language.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents understand key concepts and terminology from phonology, morphology and syntax.

Language Analysis Exercise: Phonology

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 16 Feedback Weeks 19

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApplyStudents are able to produce detailed and informed analyses of the linguistic structure of spoken and written language.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents understand key concepts and terminology from phonology, morphology and syntax.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay Resubmission

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 50 Feedback Weeks 52

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateStudents can evaluate the ways in which the semantic meanings and pragmatic implications of English usage can differ.
ReflectionEvaluateStudents are able to critically reflect on their learning, demonstrated through online participation.
ConceptualApplyStudents are able to produce detailed and informed analyses of the linguistic structure of spoken and written language.
ConceptualUnderstandStudents understand key concepts and terminology from phonology, morphology and syntax.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents are able to apply their knowledge of linguistic structure to produce analyses of the meanings of texts.

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