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LING1003 Applications of Linguistics

Module Overview

This unit will introduce you to the main areas relevant to applied language studies.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Introduce you to the main areas relevant to applied language studies, such as sociolinguistics, language variation, dialectology, language policy, language planning, psycholinguistics, language acquisition (first and second), language and the mind/brain, applied linguistics, language processing. • Develop your confidence in applying linguistic tools to the study of language data and language behaviour.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Language in its geographical, social, historical and political context;
  • Language variation and language varieties;
  • Draw on your understanding of language acquisition and language processing in order to explore the relationship between language and the human mind and brain
  • Language politics and language policy;
  • Language acquisition and the principles underlying it;
  • Language processing;
  • Language in an educational context
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence;
  • Synthesise evidence from a range of sources in order to present a coherent argument;
  • Apply sophisticated analytical tools to the investigation of a problem,
  • Work in small groups
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply analytical linguistic tools and conepts to the analysis of the topics studied;
  • Analyse language data from a range of perspectives;
  • Understand and analyse language variation;
  • Understand and analyse language acquisition data
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Link empirical evidence to the formulation of linguistic theories;

Syllabus

Sociolinguistics (weeks 1-3) • Micro-sociolinguistics: language variation; dialectology; register; language change • Macro-sociolinguistics: language in contact; multilingualism; language policy; language and power Psycholinguistics (weeks 4-7) • Language acquisition: first and second language acquisition; bilingualism • Language processing: language comprehension and production Applied Linguistics (weeks 8-10) • What is Applied Linguistics? • The role of linguistics in education • Translation and intercultural communication Weeks 11-12: Practical seminars using empirical data

Special Features

Lectures will introduce general points of theory and their application to the subfield being investigated. The seminars will further elucidate material covered in the lectures and its application. You will be encouraged to ask questions and to work your way through detailed examples. The weekly formative tasks will enable you to work independently in order to apply the concepts covered in the lecture to practical issues in Applied Linguistics.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Sociolinguistics (weeks 1-3) • Micro-sociolinguistics: language variation; dialectology; register; language change • Macro-sociolinguistics: language in contact; multilingualism; language policy; language and power Psycholinguistics (weeks 4-7) • Language acquisition: first and second language acquisition; bilingualism • Language processing: language comprehension and production Applied Linguistics (weeks 8-10) • What is Applied Linguistics? • The role of linguistics in education • Translation and intercultural communication • Weeks 11-12: Practical seminars using empirical data

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cook, G. (2003). Applied Linguistics. 

Brumfit, C., (1995). Language education in the National Curriculum. 

Fromkin, V. Rodman, R. & Hyams, N. (2003). An Introduction to language.. 

Holmes, J. (2001). An introduction to Sociolinguistics. 

Aitchison, J. (1998). The articulate mammal.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Practical assignment  (1600 words) 50%
Practical assignment  (1600 words) 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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