- Faculty of Brain Sciences
- Teaching department
- Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
- Credit value
Alternative credit options
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.
A selection from the following topics will be covered:
- Linguistics as a branch of the cognitive sciences.
- The history of modern linguistics
- Key concepts in theoretical linguistics
- Different approaches to language acquisition
- Biological and ethological approaches to language
- Language vs. Communication
- Mental modularity
- Natural language and the language of thought
The main module aims are:
- To introduce Linguistics as part of cognitive science.
- To provide background on the philosophical and theoretical foundations of linguistics.
- To make links between the different sub-disciplines of linguistics.
The main module objectives are:
- That students appreciate the scientific methodology of theoretical linguistics.
- That students are aware of different philosophical and theoretical positions regarding the nature of human language.
- That students have some sense of the overall architecture of the human faculty of language and its place in the mind.
- That students learn about the history of theoretical linguistics.
- That students are able to both write about and make presentations about issues in theoretical linguistics.
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Terms 1 and 2 Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)
Teaching and assessment
- Mode of study
- Methods of assessment
100% Portfolio of coursework
- Mark scheme
- Numeric Marks
- Number of students on module in previous year
- Module leader
- Dr Richard Breheny
- Who to contact for more information
This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.