|Course code module||FLWTL00010|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Instructor(s)||Walter De Mulder|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
None, except knowledge of basic grammatical notions, corresponding to what students have learned at an average Flemish secondary school.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
- gain insight into the aims and methods of linguistics;
- acquire knowledge of the basic notions of the different subfields of linguistics;
- get an overview of the different subfields of linguistics and their mutual relationships;
- gain insight into the relation of linguistics to other sciences;
- acquire basic understanding of the history of linguistics.
3. Course content
This course provides a general introduction to linguistics. The introduction offers a definition of general linguistics and tackles general issues such as "The essential properties of human language", "Language families", "Language universals" and "Linguistic relativity".
The course then presents an overview of the
core areas of linguistics and their basic concepts:
1) Phonetics and phonology (sounds and sound structure);
2) Morphology (the structure of words);
3) Lexical semantics (the meanings of words and their components);
4) Syntax (constructions and sentence structure);
5) Semantics and pragmatics (the interpretations and uses of sentences and utterances).
Each chapter contains short presentations of relevant parts of the history of linguistics.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
Personal work: ExercisesAssignments - individualAssignments - in groupSupervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationClosed bookOpen questions
6. Compulsory reading – study material
De Mulder, Walter (2010). Algemene Taalkunde.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Information about recommended readings will be provided during lectures. Students can also find a list of references in De Mulder (2010).
Office hours will be posted, but students can also, at any moment, make an appointment with the instructor.