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Course outline Linguistics is divided into a one-year Part I and a two-year Part II, and teaching is delivered through a mixture of lectures, supervisions and practical sessions. A typical week involves four hours of lectures, two hours of supervisions (in groups of six students in Part I, and two students in Part II), and one to two hours of practical classes. Assessment is by written examination, and practical exams in phonetics, as well as a dissertation in the final year. Year 1 (Part I)

Year 2 (Part IIA)

Part I provides a foundation across a wide range of linguistics taught within the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. You take the following four papers:

Part II allows you to specialise in the areas which particularly interest you. There’s a wide choice of topics to choose from, taught by the Department as well as other faculties and departments.

• Sounds and Words – an introduction to phonetics, phonology and morphology • Structures and Meanings – looking at topics including sentence construction, semantics and pragmatics • Language, Brain and Society – considering language and its relation to cognitive and social phenomena

In Part IIA, you take four papers chosen from a wide range of options dealing with different linguistic levels and perspectives, which may include the following (not all options are offered every year):

• History and Varieties of English – a linguistic analysis of contemporary variation and historical change in English

Studying Linguistics I can explore the full scope of a discipline which is still developing in many exciting directions, and focus on areas which I really enjoy. Amelia

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Phonetics Phonology Morphology Syntax Semantics and Pragmatics Historical Linguistics History of Ideas on Language History of English/History of French Language Acquisition Psychology of Language Processing and Learning Language Typology

Year 3 (Part IIB) In Part IIB, you take: • Linguistic Theory – a general theory paper • two further papers from the remaining Part IIA options For your fourth paper, Part IIB also includes an element of individual research as you write a dissertation of 8,000-10,000 words on a topic of your choice.

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