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English Language & Linguistics 1

English Language and Linguistics 1 is an excellent introduction to Linguistics as a field of study.  It includes eight modules which cover many of the most important areas of the study of the structure of language and ways in which language is used.  These eight modules are listed below.

Here are some other helpful resources for Ling 1 students:

Student Handbook 2017

Guide to Academic Writing in Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics 1 RUconnected course


Language and Meaning

Humans have devised intricate systems for encoding meanings in the words they use. In this module we focus on:

  • the meaningful units which form the basis of language
  • the relationship between language and the world
  • relationships between the meanings of words
  • the relationship between meaning, thought and language
  • how the human mind organises words and stores meanings

 

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Language in Context

Here we examine ways in which language is used rather than what its components are. We explore how language users interpret what other speakers intend to convey and how they successfully take part in the complex activity called conversation. Topics covered include:

  • how conversation works
  • cohesion: how texts stick together
  • deixis: you are the centre of your universe!
  • discourse as a social action: politeness across cultures

 

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Sounds of the World

In this module we lay the foundations of an understanding of the phonetic structure of English in particular and human language in general. Topics covered include:

  • how sound works
  • how sounds are produced by the vocal organs
  • phonetic transcription using the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • transcribing the General South African English accent
  • syllables, stress and connected speech
  • phonology: the sound systems of language

 

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Language in South Africa and Society

This module explores language in society, how people use language to mark identity, and how they adjust their use of language according to what they are doing. Areas of special interest include:

  • the 11 official languages of South Africa
  • the nature of Standard English
  • men’s versus women’s language
  • slang and jargon
  • why language changes over time
  • naming practices across cultures

 

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Language Structures

Many students know very little about the structure of language. In this module we explain the systematic rules of English, using a generative model and demonstrate that language is hierarchically structured. Areas covered include:

  • generative grammar and simple phrase-structure rules
  • grammatical functions (e.g. subject, object, complement)
  • constituency
  • simple transformations

 

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Language in Childhood and Education

This module focuses on issues involved in first-language acquisition. Topics covered include:

  • theories of language acquisition and learning
  • child-directed speech and language acquisition strategies
  • developmental sequences in first language acquisition
  • language acquisition in social isolation
  • cross-cultural diversity in language acquisition, reading and writing

 

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Introduction to Japanese Linguistics

This module presents a brief introduction to the Japanese language and culture, a language that differs considerably from English and African languages. The emphasis is on:

  • selected aspects of the grammar and sound system of Japanese
  • Japanese culture and society
  • vocabulary for basic communication

 

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Language in the Media 

This module equips students to analyse texts in the media in order to uncover the ideologies they encode. Topics include:

  • defining texts and genres
  • the three metafunctions of language: Ideational, Interpersonal and Textual
  • language and ideology
  • persuasive language (advertising)

 

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For more information about English Language and Linguistics 1, please contact Prof. Mark de Vos.

Last Modified :Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:58:57 SAST