ENG1200 - Introduction to Linguistics

Year of Study:1
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: Nil
Module Description
This module provides students with a survey of the ways in which English language is systematically analysed at different levels including: the study of the speech sounds used in the English language (phonetics) and how they are combined to make words (phonology); words and meaningful parts of words (morphology); the structures of phrases, clauses and sentences (syntax); and meaning in the English language (semantics). This module discusses the distinction between the ability to use language (competence) and the ways language is actually used (performance), and how both competence and performance are analysed systematically and scientifically using different approaches and tools. This module will also discuss applications for linguistic theory, including introductions to: first and second language acquisition, language and society (sociolinguistics) and language in the mind and brain (psycholinguistics). This module focuses on the English language, but data and examples from other languages will also be discussed for comparison to show how human languages can vary and are different, but also how they are similar to each other.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Decompose English words, phrases and clauses into their constituent morphological and syntactic parts and represent the relationships among the constituents.

  2. Use conventional representations to describe phonological rules in English and syntactic processes.

  3. Describe and write about issues related to language acquisition, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics in a basic but informed manner.

  4. Use e-learning platforms, such as the Moodle-based eCampus system, to participate in on-line guided class discussions, together with internet-based electronic tools for academic research.

  5. Increase their meta-linguistic awareness for independent learning of English and proficiency development.