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This course is an intensive introduction to the linguistic structures of English, covering pronunciation (phonetics & phonology) and grammar (syntax & semantics). A key feature of the course is one of comparison - in part one we compare pronunciation systems across varieties of English and other languages, and in part two we compare the sentence structure of English to that of other languages. This course will be valuable for anyone planning to teach English as an additional language, or those who want a detailed introduction to the analytical tools linguists use to study English and other languages.
LING400 English Structures is a postgraduate-level introduction to the linguistics of English. It isintended for anyone who would like to understand more about the formal linguistic structures ofEnglish, including its pronunciation and grammatical systems. The course will be valuable foranyone who has a professional interest in the English language (e.g. English teachers, teachers ofother languages, speech and language therapists) and/or anyone who would like an introduction tosome of the techniques of linguistic analysis.The course runs from November to February. The whole course is taught entirely online, so there isno need to be present on campus at the University of Canterbury, but everyone who enrols in thecourse will be expected to have reliable internet access.The course content will be delivered by combinations of video lectures, slides with audio commentary, extended handouts, readings, and other materials. All materials will be accessible viaUC’s online platform, Learn. The course is taught asynchronously, which means that coursematerials are uploaded to Learn for students to access in their own time, and there are no requiredreal time lectures or tutorials when you have to be available online. Of course, there will be regulardeadlines, by which given parts of the course need to be covered and assessments submitted.There may be some real time interaction in text-based or chat-based tutorials, but these will be extra (e.g. as revision sessions) and timetabled to accommodate students’ availability, where possible.Part 1 of the course (November-December) covers phonetics and phonology, and Part 2 (January-February) covers syntax and semantics.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
and Jonathan Dunn
Domestic fee $1,884.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Language, Social and Political Sciences.