English Phonology and Morphology
This module expands students' core linguistic knowledge gained in the first year in Language Works A and B, especially in the areas of phonology and morphology. Sub-topics covered will include pronunciation in continuous speech, allophonic variation, the theoretical status of the phoneme, morphophonological variation, word formation, verb morphology and the grammatical functions of the verb group such as modality, tense, aspect and voice. Particular attention is given to logical categorisation of forms, accuracy and economy in description and the ability to research the relevant supporting literature, including the OED. Knowledge gained in this module should both support and provide inspiration for the research strand of the programme (Research Skills in Language, Dissertation or Research Project).
This module expands students' core linguistic knowledge gained in the first year, especially in the areas of grammar and grammatical function in text, using a systematic model of grammatical analysis. The chief goal is to equip students with an in-depth, analytically-minded understanding of modern English syntax. Sub-topics covered include word classes, the grammar of constituent units, clause grammar, subordination and sentence structure, cohesive devices and discourse markers. Analytical work is illustrated by reference to texts, and where time allows, explores the role of grammatical choice in the overall design and effect of texts--chiefly contemporary ones that reflect the range of English grammars emerging in different parts of the world. The material in this module should contribute directly to the independent research work to be conducted in the final year Dissertation or Research Project.
Research Skills in English Language
This module expands students‘ understanding of key areas within the study of English language, with emphasis on the methodologies and objectives of language-studies research. It provides opportunities to conduct independent research as a foundation for the final year Dissertation or Research project. Students are required to conduct both group and independent projects in which they collect and analyse data using appropriate models.
Language options may include:
Language Acquisition, Variation and Change
The module provides an exploration of key issues in language acquisition, variation and change, mainly with reference to English. It expands on the coverage of child language and of variation in language according to both regional and social factors introduced in the first year modules Language Works A and Language Works B. The module is divided in two halves. Semester 1 explores issues around child language acquisition. You will explore theories of language acquisition, engage in discussions on the acquisition process in terms of sounds, words and grammar and discuss issues on bilingual and multilingual language acquisition. The focus of the second semester is on variation and change. It introduces you to competing models of language change and languages in contact, highlighting and discussing issues such as bilingualism, diglossia and attitudes to accent and dialect.
History of English Language
This course is designed to introduce students to the historical development of the English Language. Semester I will include the study of literary and non-literary texts in English, produced at various stages of its development. Students will be instructed in the use of the main tools for the exploration, analysis, and description of language from a historical perspective. Semester II will include the study of the linguistic processes arising from the development of English and of contemporary and present-day attitudes towards them, using a combination of primary and secondary texts.
Talk and Text
This module offers students an opportunity to build on the study of language, text and genre from Level C. It focuses on spoken discourse, with special emphasis on the analysis of everyday conversation. You will develop your skills in transcribing spoken interactions, and analyse a range of features of spoken discourse, such as turn-taking organisation, topic, lexis and grammar. You will be introduced to a number of theoretical approaches to the analysis of spoken interaction, such as conversation analysis and genre analysis, which you will be expected to evaluate critically. You will complete two short assignments (one analysis assignment and one transcription assignment), and carry out a project investigating an aspect of spoken discourse of your choice.