Year Two Modules

Compulsory Modules

English Grammar 

This module expands students’ core knowledge of grammar gained in the 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 equip them with a critical understanding of the categories of grammar and their treatment in contemporary linguistics. Students will learn to apply these concepts to the description of genuine texts at various levels of analysis. The module will first cover the basics of grammatical analysis, such as clause structure, word classes and phrases, before it touches upon more advanced topics addressing the limits of traditional grammar in its descriptive accuracy and its application to certain kinds of data. The material in this module will contribute directly to the independent research work to be conducted in the Dissertation or Language Investigation.

English Phonetics and Phonology

The module expands students' core linguistic knowledge, 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.

Professional Research Skills for Linguists

On this module, students will work in teams responding to research briefs. Each team will be asked to conduct some linguistic research 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 designing the research, gathering and analysing data, and in presenting their findings, orally and in writing. The module will develop important academic and professional skills such as responding to a brief, working as part of a team, and conducting an effective research project.

Optional modules (may include)

English Language Options (students choose 3) 

  • Discourse Analysis

  • History of the English Language 

  • English Phonetics and Phonology

  • Psycholinguistics 

  • Semantics and Pragmatics 

  • Sociolinguistics 

  • The Language Poets Use