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LNGS3605: Describing a Language

A language other than English is chosen for analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse), and for description of the ways it is used (ethnography of speaking including speech acts, speech events, registers and genres). It is examined in its areal, genetic, historical, social and typological context. We also examine sources of data and their reliability, and the way findings are presented (reference and teaching grammars and linguistic papers).

Code LNGS3605
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
(LNGS2601 and LNGS2624) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. A deepened knowledge and appreciation of the diversity and unity of human languages
  • LO2. The ability to reflect critically on different approaches to the study of language
  • LO3. Deepened understanding of a new language
  • LO4. Ability to collaboratively describe one large system by examination through smaller pieces
  • LO5. Appreciate the context of an endangered language

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.