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This is the first part of a two-course module which lays the groundwork for all further coursework in English linguistics. It aims to introduce students to the nature of language and the major domains of linguistic inquiry as well as its basic concepts, principles and tools in the following areas: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology and Lexical Semantics. Students will- excerpt the relevant knowledge from course-specific online material and/or literature on the basis of guiding questions,- test their understanding by applying their newly acquired knowledge to exercise questions,- clarify questions in class, and- complete assignmentsin order to later be able to use these skills in the advanced linguistics courses in their BA and MA studies.
There will be quizzes and a mock exam.
Please note that this course is offered by different instructors on different time slots every week.
Tutorials (which provide you with further practice) will be announced at the beginning of the semester. It is strongly recommended that students attend one of these tutorials regularly.
We strongly recommend attending this course in parallel with part II.
Kortmann, Bernd. 2020. English Linguistics: Essentials. 2nd edition. J.B. Metzler.
Students are encouraged to acquire a copy of the book before the beginning of the semester.
This course together with Introduction to Synchronic Linguistics, Part II forms the Basic Module in Linguistics (BM-Lin). This module ends with a final written exam of 180 minutes comprising the contents of Parts I and II.
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