1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line tutorial weekly
Reflective piece, Tests
Topic description

This topic aims to provide students with a foundational knowledge of the functions and structure of language. It provides an overview of the major branches of linguistics and enables students to gain a general understanding of the ways in which language is studied, its formal properties and the ways it is used in society.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Provide students with general knowledge of the various branches of linguistics
  • Develop awareness of the functions and uses of language in society
  • Equip students with the basic tools to understand the formal properties of languages
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Distinguish diverse branches of linguistics
  2. Identify universal features of grammar
  3. Understand the reasons languages change and the ways they interact with each other
  4. Understand some main ways in which languages are acquired