Foundations of Linguistics - LING3130

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Eleni Kapogianni checkmark-circle


This module presents and discusses the properties of human language, explaining how the discipline of Linguistics investigates and theorises about these properties. It familiarises the students with the goals and principles of Linguistics, as well as their development over the years. Students will also learn about core concepts and debates (e.g. language universals, relationship between language and cognition).


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
This module will be assessed by 100% coursework.

• Critical Reading Exercise (1,000 words) – 35%
• Essay Plan with Bibliography (1,000 words) – 40%
• Online Test (90 minutes) – 25%

Reassessment methods
This module will be reassessed by 100% coursework.

• Reassessment Essay (2,000 words) – 100%

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate understanding of the goals and main principles of the discipline of Linguistics;
2 Demonstrate understanding of the history and development of the discipline of Linguistics;
3 Demonstrate understanding of, and reflect upon, core concepts and debates within the discipline of Linguistics;
4 Recognise the levels of linguistic analysis, their objects of study, and their interfaces;
5 Demonstrate understanding of the methodological underpinnings of linguistic theory.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between different sources of knowledge (e.g. textbooks versus original research, journal papers versus monographs);
2 Demonstrate knowledge of how to use empirical evidence to answer research questions, developing their analytical skills;
3 Structure sound arguments, knowing how argumentation works;
4 Appropriately use the conventions of academic writing (including citations and bibliography);
5 Compile and use bibliographical lists.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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