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Linguistics

Although we all use our native language effortlessly, a surprisingly rich set of precise rules has been found to underlie our ability to do so. Linguists and phoneticians at UCL carry out cutting-edge research into various aspects of the human language faculty, something that is reflected in our teaching, which is challenging, interactive and fun.

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Linguistics

Why study Linguistics at UCL?

Language researchers at UCL work on topics ranging from language acquisition and aphasia to the mathematical properties of human grammars. In line with this, we offer modules in three core areas: phonology/phonetics ('sound'), syntax/morphology ('sentence structure'), and semantics/pragmatics ('meaning'). In addition, you can take modules in psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics.

What you will gain from study at UCL

You can develop your understanding of the human language faculty at many different levels, from introductory to very advanced. Of course, the skills associated with these levels differ, but all our modules help you question the familiar and evaluate different points of view. You will also develop your skills in oral and written presentation.

Teaching and assessment

Modules typically consist of a weekly lecture (one or two hours) plus a 'back-up' in which students work in small groups. Assessment in introductory modules is usually by (end-of-term) examination. Intermediate and advanced modules are normally assessed by essay.

Modules in Linguistics

Please note that this guide lists a wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

The majority of our affiliate places are taken by students from institutions with which we have reciprocal arrangements. The full list of modules available can be viewed on the departmental website

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PLIN1001 Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1002 Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1101 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1102 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1201 Introduction to Generative Grammar A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1202 Introduction to Generative Grammar B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1302 Introduction to Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN1601 Introduction to Children's Language Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PLIN2002 Pragmatic Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN2003 Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN2101 Phonology of English 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN2108 Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN2109 Intermediate Phonetics and Phonology B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN2202 Intermediate Generative Grammar A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN2203 Intermediate Generative Grammar B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN7109 Stuttering 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN7305 Sociolinguistics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN7308 Psycholinguistics: Stages in Normal Language Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN7309 Linguistics of Sign Language 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN7311 Neurolinguistics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN7312 Morphology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PLIN3001 Issues in Pragmatics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3003 Semantic-Pragmatic Development 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3004 Advanced Semantic Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3101 Phonetic Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3103 Advanced Phonological Theory A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3104 Advanced Phonological Theory B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3201 Current Issues in Syntax 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PLIN3202 Readings in Syntax A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

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Stefanie Anyadi
Email
s.anyadi@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7679 4224
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