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Key Ideas in Linguistics - LAN00073M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module summary

This module provides insights into some of the seminal ideas in linguistic research and research methods from the 20th century and beyond.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module provides insights into some of the seminal ideas in linguistic research and research methods from the 20th century and beyond. Specific aims are:

  • to expose students to a wider range of influential literature in Linguistics beyond the core subjects studied;
  • to evaluate how the methods used in key linguistic research have contributed to the development of the field;
  • to demonstrate, by appeal to the work studied, how good research can be made accessible to audiences with relatively non-specialised background by virtue of perspicuous presentation.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

Subject content

  • understand the linguistic theories presented in the research papers studied;
  • understand why they became important to the field;
  • understand how different types of evidence can be used to support arguments for different theoretical positions;

Academic and graduate skills

  • evaluate competing interpretations of evidence and synthesise the ideas of others;
  • develop a hypothesis from the predictions of a theory or model;
  • evaluate the clarity of argument and presentation in a research paper;
  • contextualise specific research projects within the broader field of linguistic thought.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay - 750 words
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay - 750 words
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay 450 words
N/A 20
Essay/coursework
Essay 450 words
N/A 20

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay - 750 words
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay - 750 words
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
Essay 450 words
N/A 20
Essay/coursework
Essay 450 words
N/A 20

Module feedback

Written feedback on formative work within three weeks of submission

Written feedback on summative work within one month of submission.

Indicative reading

A reading list will be provided at the start of the module.



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