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Introduction to English Linguistics

Find out about the course and how to apply.

Exchange students attending a British Studies lecture.
Develop your understanding of the English language

This 11-week course will give visiting and exchange students an introduction to English linguistics.

Course description

This course provides an introduction to the main branches of English linguistics. You will study different approaches to the analysis of the English language in order to gain deeper insights into and understanding of how English works and how we use it to communicate.

The course will cover the following areas:

  • Phonetics and phonology – the study of English speech sounds and their patterns of use
  • Morphology – the study of the structure of English words and how they are formed
  • Syntax – the analysis of phrases and clauses and the rules for forming them in English
  • Semantics and pragmatics – a focus on how we create meaning in English
  • Social aspects of English language such as gender and English in the world
  • How the English language works in longer stretches of spoken and written language.

Knowledge of linguistics is applicable to all languages and to a wide variety of fields of study and careers. It is likely to appeal to students studying languages, translation and interpreting, psychology, communication, computer science, literacy enhancement, and speech therapy, amongst others.

This course description may be subject to change. We continue to improve our courses and your teaching and learning experience, so you gain skills and understanding which are valuable to you and sought after by employers.

Before you register for the course, please check this webpage for the most recently published course information. Once you have registered, you will be advised of any significant changes.

Course information

The course will run from week 19 to week 31: Tuesday 7 February 2023 to Tuesday 2 May 2023 (excluding 4 and 11 April) from 4.15pm to 6.15pm in 8W 2.24.

This course carries six credits. To be awarded credits, a minimum of 80% attendance is required.

Before signing up, please make sure that the day and time of the course does not clash with your academic timetable by checking MyTimetable.

Enrolment for this course is now closed.


If you have any questions, please contact us.