Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Laura Bailey checkmark-circle


This course is an introduction to morphology and to the practice of morphological analysis. By focusing on a range of phenomena, including those falling under inflection, derivation, and compounding (both in English and in other languages), the course helps students develop tools for pattern observation in data, description and analysis of word structure, and hypothesis testing. Students will also gain an understanding of the role of morphology in the grammar and how it relates to other components, such as phonology, syntax and semantics.


Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

• Essay 1 (equivalent to 1,500 words) – 45%
• Essay 2 (equivalent to 1,500 words) – 55%

Reassessment methods

• Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

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 a solid understanding of the fundamentals of empirical inquiry in morphology and of core concepts in morphology;
2 Demonstrate the skill of discovering and describing patterns in given data sets, from a variety of languages, in a theoretically-informed way;
3 Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between morphology and other components of the grammar, such as phonology, syntax and semantics;
4 Demonstrate lines of argumentation, make informed judgements on the basis of cross-linguistic evidence, and decide between competing analyses of data;
5 Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance and usefulness of the cross-linguistic method as a tool to better understand the properties of their own native language
(e.g., English).

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

1 Demonstrate their capacity for critical thought and their ability to express these thoughts accurately;
2 Demonstrate an understanding of how to assess the extent to which their hypotheses are validated by new data and problems given to them;
3 Demonstrate improved written fluency;
4 Demonstrate improved communicative skills;
5 Demonstrate improved time management skills.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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