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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LING1100 Language: Meaning and Use

20 creditsClass Size: 96

Module manager: Bethan Davies
Email: b.l.davies@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students who have not completed MODL1060 Language: Structure and Sound or an equivalent module introducing core linguistic terminology should be prepared to do additional reading to familiarize themselves with elementary concepts in phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax. Chapters 1 to 6 of Genetti’s How languages work (Cambridge University Press, 2014) provide a good starting point.

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module introduces students to the scientific study of language use. It covers how language is acquired (language acquisition) and processed in the mind (psycholinguistics), how meaning is conveyed through language (semantics and pragmatics), and how language use varies across time, geographical areas and social settings (sociolinguistics). Students are confronted with language data from English and other languages, and gain an understanding of how skills in linguistic analysis can be applied to a range of social and psychological phenomena. This module is designed to complement MODL1060 Language: Structure and Sound. Having completed this module, students can go on to take more advanced modules in the areas of linguistics covered here.

Objectives

This module aims to
(1) introduce core concepts in the study of language use by individuals and in society
(2) familiarise students with the aims and methods of language acquisition studies, psycholinguistics, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics
(3) develop students’ awareness of the contribution of linguistic analysis to the investigation of social and psychological phenomena
(4) develop students' analysis skills through the practical analysis of language data
(5) develop students' communication and research skills through coursework assignments

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate
(1) an understanding of core concepts in the study of language use by individuals and in society
(2) an understanding of the aims and methods of language acquisition studies, psycholinguistics, semantics, pragmatics and sociolinguistics
(3) an awareness of the contribution of linguistic analysis to the investigation of social and psychological phenomena
(4) basic linguistic analysis and research skills, and communication skills appropriate for Level 1


Syllabus

Blocks of lectures and seminars are devoted to the study of language in society (sociolinguistics), the study of language and meaning (semantics and pragmatics), and the study of language processing and development (psycholinguistics and language acquisition). Seminars revolve around the discussion of practical analysis exercises.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture191.0019.00
Seminar101.0010.00
Independent online learning hours25.00
Private study hours146.00
Total Contact hours29.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students are expected to devote 171 hours of private study time to this module, with the following suggested breakdown:
• Self-study using online materials: (10x2.5=) 25 hours
• Reading preparation for lectures: (19x2.5=) 48 hours
• Completion of seminar exercises: (10x3=) 30 hours
• Preparation for assessed essay: 34 hours
• Preparation for assessed analysis task: 34 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Seminars involve formative monitoring of individual students’ understanding of the core module content, as well as their use of the self-study materials developed for the module. Lectures allow students to raise and lecturers to address areas of concern, in particular in relation to the assessment components.
In view of this being a large and often very diverse cohort, short formative tasks also will be set for each strand, topics to change each year, to scaffold students’ skills in recapping, evaluating and synthesising their understanding of core module content in preparation for assessments.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentData set(s) with questions50.00
Essay1,500-word essay50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 10/08/2020 08:41:34

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