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Foundations of Linguistics (PLIN0048)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Brain Sciences
Teaching department
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
N/A

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

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
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
100% Portfolio of coursework
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
52
Module leader
Dr Richard Breheny
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated

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