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English Language & Linguistics 2 and 3


English Language and Linguistics 2 and 3 offer young linguists an opportunity to delve further into a variety of topics introduced in Ling 1, along with a few new areas of study and application of linguistic principles to new languages.  As in Ling 1, there is a balance between modules investigating the structure of language and others that describe how language is used.

In the second and third-year courses there are five meetings per week: two lectures, two tutorials and one additional session, which will alternate between modules. The lectures and tutorials will be taught in a combined class consisting of English Language and Linguistics 2 and 3 students.  Please see the main timetable for times and venues.

English Language and Linguistics 3 students will write a Research Report under supervision during the year. These students will have one additional meeting per week in which they will meet in groups to work on their Research Reports (see below).

The modules to be taught in 2019 are listed below:


This module consists of two sections:

Learning a Second Language

  • perspectives on second language acquisition including interlanguage theory and acculturation theory
  • the nature of learner language: second language analysis
  • comparing L1 and L2 acquisition
  • affective, social and cultural factors in L2 acquisition
  • bilingualism

Language Disorders

Linguistic disorders and their remediation, including:

  • language disorders of the school-going child
  • aphasia and dyslexia
  • autism
  • stuttering and cluttering


This module covers the following topics:

  • sociolinguistic concepts
  • research procedures (dialectology, variation studies)
  • variation based on age, class, social network and ethnicity
  • language attitudes
  • linguistics / sociolinguistics
  • diglossia
  • codeswitching
  • pidgins and creoles



African Linguistics: Morphosyntax of Southern African Languages

This module covers the following topics:

  • Bantu languages overview
  • Agglutination and word formation
  • The verb complex
  • Grammatical functions and agreement
  • Argument structure-changing operations
  • Object marking parameters


Linguistics and Community

This module will be an opportunity for students to make connections between linguistic knowledge and insights gained through serving in the Grahamstown community at a local school.

This module aims to:

  • sensitize students to linguistic issues in the Grahamstown community
  • give students an opportunity to apply their linguistic knowledge in real-world contexts
  • explore the linguistic dimensions of those contexts and understand how the linguistic and the social intersect
  • develop students’ responsibility and leadership abilities
  • equip students with knowledge and skills needed for civic engagement



English Language and Linguistics 3 Research Report: The research report makes up 15% of the course mark for English Language and Linguistics 3. Students can choose their research topic from a variety of different research themes available. Students must make an early and definite decision regarding the topic of investigation, and liaise regularly with their supervisor who will be appointed according to the area of research chosen by the student.  Depending on their decision, students will be placed in a group with other students researching similar topics.  These groups will have a meeting once a week, facilitated by the group’s supervisor, at a time agreed on in consultation with the supervisor and group members.

For more information about English Language and Linguistics 2 and 3, please contact Prof. Ralph Adendorff.

Last Modified: Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:20:44 SAST