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BA English Language and French
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Linguistics & English Language|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|English Word and Sentence Structure||LELA10301||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
- Students will obtain an overview of the degree of variation, and limits to variation, in selected grammatical characteristics of the languages of the world.
- Students will acquire the ability to apply grammatical and comparative concepts to a language unfamiliar to them.
- Students will critically evaluate typological generalisations and test their applicability to specific languages.
Teaching and learning methods
- 1 hr weekly lecture on campus. Pre-recorded lectures will also be made available online as an alternative way of accessing lecture content.
- 2 weekly 1hr seminars with analysis of data sets from unfamiliar languages, and discussion of readings.
Knowledge and understanding
- be able to define some key notions in linguistic typology, and apply them to new data
- be able to identify the cross-linguistically most frequent strategies in the marking of selected grammatical constructions,
- be able to evaluate explanations that have been proposed for the prevalence of certain construction types;
- appreciate the methodological issues that arise in cross-linguistic research
- Identifying patterns in sets of data
- Identifying key points in the literature relevant to a given topic
- Critically evaluating a model against new data
- Evaluating the validity of a generalisation from a sample
- Using different strategies for locating relevant information
- Glossing and translating data from an unfamiliar language
- Eliciting data from speakers of an unfamiliar language (optional)
Transferable skills and personal qualities
- Tackling a complex and unfamiliar task by completing several steps, following guidelines, taking into account feedback, and asking for assistance in case of difficulties
- Awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity
- Confidence in discussion and argumentation
- Offering precise argumentation in written work that is backed by empirical evidence
- Students will benefit from this course on the job market from their ability to handle and analyse unfamiliar data sets. Awareness of cross-linguistic differences (as well as similarities across boundaries of language families and cultures) will be of use in the cross-cultural work place and in the interaction with second language speakers. The different components of the adopt-a-language project also allow students to gain confidence in speaking in front of a group of people, in structuring an argument and in presenting it in a clear and concise manner in written and spoken form.
|Multiple-choice quizzes on Blackboard on the assigned readings and data||N/A (formative)|
|Weekly data problem sets discussed in seminars||N/A (formative)|
|3 Quizzes on Blackboard on analysis of data sets||15%|
|Progress report on coursework (oral presentation of relevant language data, with written handout)||15%|
Formative or Summative
Oral feedback on weekly seminar exercise sheets
Automatic feedback on reading quizzes
Automatic feedback on summative data quizzes, and further feedback during seminar discussions
Formative and summative
Oral and written feedback on progress report
Formative and summative
Written feedback on essay on Turnitin
|Additional one-to-one feedback during office hours|| |
- Croft, William (2003), Typology and Universals. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Greenberg, Joseph (1963), Some Universals of Grammar with Particular Reference to the Order of Meaningful Elements, in J. Greenberg (ed.), Universals of Language, 58-90. Cambridge: MIT Press.
- Song, Jae J. (2018), Linguistic Typology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Velupillai, Viveka (2012), An Introduction to Linguistic Typology. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
- Whaley, Lindsay J. (1997), Introduction to Typology: The Unity and Diversity of Language. London: Sage Publications
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|Eva Schultze-Berndt||Unit coordinator|