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LN1006: LANGUAGE MYTHS (2023-2024)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2023 08:46


Course Overview

In this course, students critically examine a broad range of commonly held beliefs about language and the relation of language to the brain and cognition, learning, society, change and evolution. Students read a series of short scholarly articles in order to understand language myths, the purpose for their existence, and their validity (or not). We use science and common sense as tools in our process of “myth-busting”, both on a set range of language myths in class and on individually chosen myths in independent projects.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Johannes Heim

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

Students will learn to critically engage with commonly held beliefs about human language and what current linguistic research has to say about them. This entails that students will be equipped to read and assess the quality of a range of different sources on language, including primary literature. The course will familiarise students with several tools for investigating linguistic data and hypothesis testing in general. Whether it’s about which languages are easier to learn, how our linguistic experiences shape our cognition, or whether learning more than one language from birth will have any (dis)advantages – this course will make students experts in dismantling over-simplified or false beliefs about the standout ability of our human race: to communicate with the intention to be understood and believed and share our knowledge.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Online Test 1

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 3 Feedback Weeks 3

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Feedback

Students will be given an online test, available for a week, which they have an hour to complete at a time of their choice.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseCritically reflect on and assess common beliefs about language
ConceptualUnderstandBegin to understand the principles of academic and scientific inquiry
FactualUnderstandIdentify common language myths and understand the role they play in society and across time
ProceduralUnderstandIdentify various approaches to language study, ranging from the traditional to the qualitative and quantitative approaches characteristic of the humanities and social sciences

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
Assessment Weeks 11 Feedback Weeks 14

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Feedback

Feedback will be in the form of grader comments, provided through the essay submission platform Turnitin.

Word Count 1500
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAssess the connections between language and social phenomena
ConceptualAnalyseRead and analyse media and media content from an ethical perspective
ProceduralUnderstandIdentify various approaches to language study, ranging from the traditional to the qualitative and quantitative approaches characteristic of the humanities and social sciences

Online Test 2

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 6 Feedback Weeks 6

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Feedback

Students will be given an online test, available for a week, which they have an hour to complete at a time of their choice.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseCritically reflect on and assess common beliefs about language
ConceptualUnderstandBegin to understand the principles of academic and scientific inquiry
FactualUnderstandIdentify common language myths and understand the role they play in society and across time
ProceduralUnderstandIdentify various approaches to language study, ranging from the traditional to the qualitative and quantitative approaches characteristic of the humanities and social sciences

Tutorial/Seminar Participation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Feedback Weeks 12

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Participation assessment will include presenting a 5-minute proposal (worth 50% of the attendance mark) for a language myth examined in the final essay.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseRead and analyse media and media content from an ethical perspective
ConceptualUnderstandBegin to understand the principles of academic and scientific inquiry
ProceduralUnderstandIdentify various approaches to language study, ranging from the traditional to the qualitative and quantitative approaches characteristic of the humanities and social sciences

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Feedback will be provided through tutor comments on the online essay submission platform Turnitin.

Word Count 2000
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandIdentify common language myths and understand the role they play in society and across time
ConceptualAnalyseCritically reflect on and assess common beliefs about language
ConceptualUnderstandBegin to understand the principles of academic and scientific inquiry
ConceptualAnalyseAssess the connections between language and social phenomena
ConceptualAnalyseRead and analyse media and media content from an ethical perspective
ProceduralUnderstandIdentify various approaches to language study, ranging from the traditional to the qualitative and quantitative approaches characteristic of the humanities and social sciences

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