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Describing English Language (Module)

Module description

Describing English Language is one of the foundational, compulsory first year modules in the BA English Language and Linguistics degree. It functions in this foundational role in conjunction with other first year modules, Language and CommunicationIntroduction to Sociolinguistics, and Analysing English 1.

Different people have taken different approaches to describing English. In this module, we will look at these different approaches and how they compare with one another. We will look at the sounds of language, word formation, grammar, vocabulary and the study of meaning. The module also introduces students to a range of tools for describing and analysing language. There will be coverage of the transcription of English and the use of different approaches and tools to identify patterns in language.

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2020/21 academic year, it is subject to change for subsequent academic years.

Staff information

Dr Stavroula Varella

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 1,500 word Data analysis task (50%)
  • 2 hour exam (50%) 

Key information

Module code 4SSEL009

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module No