UCL Module Catalogue


Core Issues in Linguistics (PLIN0007)

Key information

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

Mode of study
Methods of assessment
100% Coursework
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
Module leader
Who to contact for more information

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.