ELCS6009 - Introduction to the Study of Language
Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor: Dr Vieri Samek-Lodovici
Assessment: 3 hour desk examination.
This module introduces the main linguistic disciplines involved in the
study of human language and its cognitive aspects, such as Syntax,
Phonology, Pragmatics, and Semantics. The module also examines some of
the most important issues that have been addressed by and reinterpreted
through these disciplines, such as the acquisition of human language,
the definition of ‘language’ and ‘grammar’, the linguistic status of
sign languages, pidgins, and creoles. The module will use examples from
many different languages, including European and non-European ones.
Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:
The module will be based on the introductory
linguistic textbook listed below. Additional material will be made
available by the module tutor where necessary. Please make sure you buy
the 2011 edition: earlier editions differ from the adopted one. Please
be aware that you will not be able to follow the module without the
textbook, as I will frequently refer to the linguistic data listed in
- Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams. 'An Introduction to Language', Wadswirth, Cengage Learning. International Student Edition - 2011 Edition.
Suggested Introductory Readings:
- Steven Pinker. 'The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language', Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2007. (Also available in older editions with other publishers.)