Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Tools and Techniques in the Analysis of Language

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit familiarises the students with the stage in the research process involving the sorting and analysis of linguistic data, which then serves as the basis for generalisations. Students are trained to look for significant patterns, make observations and analyse lingustic data from a wide variety of languages and language types, covering mainly phenomena involving phonology and morphology. Students are given hands-on experience in analysing the data on the basis of concepts and knowledge acquired in the 1st year.

Study-unit Aims

To give students the conceptual and practical grounding needed for an understanding of basic linguistic concepts, such as the phoneme and the morpheme;

To provide students with hands-on experience in the analysis of linguistic data;

To help students formulate simple generalisations on the basis of their observations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critically analyse and compare empirical linguistic data;
- appreciate the process by which observations lead to generalisations;
- understand the significance of pattern recognition;
- understand the link between data and theory on the basis of practical applications.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- identify abstract concepts on the basis of factual observations;
- observe significant patterns in linguistic data;
- analyse linguistic data from a rich data base;
- form simple generalisations based on their observations and analyses.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings

- Fromkin, V (ed.) 2000 Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory. Malden, MA: Blackwell.
- Halle, M, & Clements, George N. 1983 Problem Book in Phonology. Masschusettes: MIT Press.
- O'Grady, W., M. Dobrovolsky, and F. Katamba (eds.). 1997. Contemporary Linguistics: an introduction. 3rd edition. Essex: Addison Wesley Longman Ltd.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Students, who have Linguistics as their main area of study, cannot take this study-unit as an optional.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) SEM2 Yes 100%


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