English Language and Linguistics year 2 modules

Compulsory modules

Professional Research Skills for Linguists

On this module, students will work in teams to plan a linguistic research project which responds to a problem or question posed by an employer or an academic research centre. They will put their linguistic expertise to work in exploring and evaluating possible methods and sources of data. The module will develop important academic and professional skills such as responding to a brief, working as part of a team, and designing an effective research project.

English Grammar 

This module expands students’ core knowledge of grammar gained at Level C (first year). The chief goal is to familiarize students with the concepts and terminology used to describe the structure of English phrases and sentences, and instruct them in the rudiments of grammatical analysis and argumentation. The module will equip you with a critical understanding of the categories of traditional grammar and their various treatments in contemporary linguistics. You will learn to apply these concepts to the description of genuine written and spoken texts at various levels of analysis. 

English Phonetics and Phonology

The module expands students' core linguistic knowledge gained at Level 1, especially in the areas of phonetics and phonology. Topics covered will include pronunciation in continuous speech, allophonic variation, narrow phonetic transcription, English accents, accent prestige and vilification, the phoneme, stress and intonation, the syllable, and morphophonology. Particular attention is given to logical categorisation of forms, accuracy and economy in description and the ability to research and evaluate relevant supporting information. Knowledge gained in this module should both support and provide inspiration for the independent research strand of the English language programmes.

Optional modules (may include)

English Language Options (students choose 3) 

  • Discourse Analysis

  • History of the English Language 

  • Psycholinguistics 

  • Semantics and Pragmatics 

  • Sociolinguistics 

  • The Language Poets Use