Advanced Language Works B

English, School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

College of Arts and Law


Code 22443

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Pre-requisite modules 23622 and 22442 (or equivalent, for non-UoB students). You must have completed at least one year of appropriate study in this discipline.

Module description

The module expands students' core linguistic knowledge gained at Level C, especially in the areas of grammar and grammatical function in text, using a systematic model of analysis. Sub-topics covered will include word classes, the grammar of constituent units such as the Noun Phrase and the Verb Phrase, clause grammar, subordination and sentence structure, cohesive devices and discourse markers. Analytical work is illustrated by reference to texts, and explores the role of grammatical choice in the overall design and effect of texts, both literary and non-literary. Some attention is given to research methods and forms of argumentation in language study, as applied in grammatical description and text analysis, exploration of language attitudes, and study of the performance of identity through language behaviour. The examples of English used in analysis are chiefly contemporary, with some emphasis on the variation according to register and geographical setting that is emerging with the expanding global reach of the language. The material in this module contributes directly to the independent research work to be conducted in the Level H Dissertation or Research Project.

Teaching and learning methods