In the Autumn semester all students take the core programme module, Structures of Language, which provides a thorough grounding in the central areas of theoretical linguistics which form the basis for your studies, namely: sound (phonetics and phonology); grammar (syntax and morphology) and meaning (semantics and pragmatics).
You will also study four option modules, which will allow you to develop your expertise in specific areas of English Language and Linguistics.
Full-time students take one option module in the Autumn semester in addition to the core, and three further option modules in the Spring semester.
Part-time students take the core module (Structures of Language) in their first semester and two options in their second. In Semesters 3 and 4 students will study one option module and one Arts Training module.
The option modules offered each year vary, depending on the availability of teaching staff, but include:
provides a linguistic introduction to both Old and Middle English.
focuses on the psychology of language and the relationship between language and cognition, examining how language is acquired and processed, exploring cognitive approaches to grammar, and investigating theories of metaphor and conceptual blending.
looks at the research necessary to understand the processes involved in learning a second language.
investigates language in its social context, by exploring the many regional and social varieties of English, and the multi-faceted relationship between language, culture and society.
introduces the principles of historical linguistics and language change, in order to investigate the history and development of English from its beginnings to its emergence as a world language.
investigates hypotheses on the origin of human language, evolutionary approaches to language change, and the development of complexity in linguistic structure.
examines modern English discourse using techniques of conversational analysis, critical discourse analysis and genre analysis.
describes the application of corpus linguistics techniques to language teaching and research.
Successful completion of this module requires you to register and submit your list of training activity by the prescribed deadlines. It requires you to undertake the agreed training activities and to submit a complete 'reflective journal'. Non completion leads to failure of the module. No grade will be awarded, only a pass or fail.
During the summer, you will write a research dissertation of 15,000 words on a subject of your choosing, based on one of the modules you havestudied, in consultation with a member of staff. Students who do not write a dissertation may still be awarded a Diploma.
Dr Bethan Benwell or Dr Andrew Smith
Department of English Studies
University of Stirling
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