- Faculty of Brain Sciences
- Teaching department
- Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
- Credit value
- This module is only for first year BA Linguistics and BSc Experimental Linguistics students. No other students may take this module.
Alternative credit options
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.
This module aims to provide conceptual and theoretical foundations for studying linguistics.
We will develop our understanding of foundational concepts, such as mental grammar, language universals, innateness etc. We will explore deep, often interdisciplinary and sometimes controversial questions such as How did language evolve?
Does language influence the way we think? etc. We will also explore the academic skills needed to succeed at university, including research methods, writing skills, and presentation skills.
The main objectives of the module are:
- good understanding of foundational concepts in the study of linguistics
- development of critical thinking and analytical skills through exploration of difficult topics
- development of academic reading and writing (and speaking) skills
- better understanding of ‘big’ questions concerning language and linguistics
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Terms 1 and 2 Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 4)
Teaching and assessment
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This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.