Foundations of Linguistics - LL313

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn 4 15 (7.5) DR E 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).


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

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

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Akmajian, A., A.K. Farmer, L. Bickmore, R.A. Demers, and R.M. Harnish (2017). Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication (7th Edition). Cambridge: MIT Press.
Bauer, L. & P. Trudgill (1998). Language Myths. London: Penguin Group.
Blake, B. (2008). All About Language. Oxford: OUP.
Crystal, D. (2005). How Language Works. NY: Penguin Group.
Hornsby, D. (2014). Linguistics: A Complete Introduction. London: John Murray Learning.
Mihalic?ek, V. and Christin Wilson. 2016. Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics (12th Edition). Columbus: Ohio State University Press.
Yule, G. (2016). The Study of Language (6th Edition). Cambridge: CUP.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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


  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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