Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Directed Study in Linguistics

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology

DESCRIPTION This study-unit is aimed at students who wish to deepen their knowledge of some area of linguistics, by carrying out an assigned research or analysis task under supervision. Hence, the unit involves a significant amount of independent study, albeit with regular meetings with the tutor.

Students can only choose to work in areas which can be supervised by qualified staff, and need to discuss the topic they wish to pursue with a relevant member of staff and have the Linguistics Co-ordinator's approval before they can register for the study-unit. The list of topic areas that are available at the moment are:

Developmental Psycholinguistics, Corpus Linguistics, Phonetics, Phonology, Prosody, Language Acquisition, Sign Linguistics, Experimental Psycholinguistics, Linguistic Semantics, Linguistic Pragmatics, Grammar (syntax and morphology).

Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be allowed to pursue research in some other area of linguistics, on condition that the Board of Studies approves of the student's special request, and appropriate supervision can be arranged.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to allow students to carry out independent study in an area that supplements or deepens existing areas within the Linguistics programme of studies. This is especially useful for students who are approaching their dissertation in the final year.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to deal with more advanced issues in their selected area.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- undertake independent research more confidently;
- go beyond a study-unit's basic reading list and identify more advanced/specialised papers that can be of use to a specific research question.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

To vary according to topic.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Study-unit: To be decided by the appointed supervisor.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Independent Study and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Sarah Grech
Alexandra Vella

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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
It should be noted that all the information in the description above applies to study-units available during the academic year 2020/1. It may be subject to change in subsequent years.