ENG1205 - English Lexical Studies

Year of Study:1
Credit Units: 3
Duration: 45hours
Prerequisites: ENG1200 Introduction to Linguistics
or with special permission from Instructor and approval by Department Head
Module Description
This module focuses on linguistic analyses of ‘words’ or lexis, and the field of lexicology, based on the lexicon of the English language. It examines words in terms of different levels of linguistic analysis: the parts of words and how words are formed (morphology); meaning encoded in words (semantics); the history and development of words over time (etymology); and practical concerns, such as dictionary compilation (lexicography) and vocabulary teaching. Module topics include: the internal relationships of sets and sub-sets of words in English associated with particular contexts (jargon, argot, specific semantic fields); using simple corpus tools such as concordancers for self-directed vocabulary learning to improve their meta-linguistic awareness and proficiency; introduction to lexis and dictionary making; and applications for lexicology in second language teaching and learning of figurative, metaphorical and idiomatic language.
Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of morphological processes in English.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of word meaning (lexical semantics) and semantic relations between words.

  3. Demonstrate knowledge of lexical changes over time, and lexical variation in English.

  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.