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Introduction to English Linguistics

Find out more about this course for visiting and exchange students and how to apply.

English dictionary page focusing on the word 'linguistics' and its definition.
Develop your understanding of English linguistics

On this 11-week course you will study different approaches to the analysis of the English language in order to gain a deeper understanding of how English works and how we use it to communicate.

Course overview

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.

Course information

The course will run from week 19 to week 31: Tuesday 6 February to 30 April 2024 from 4.15pm to 6.05pm. Classes take place in person on campus. There will be no classes during the Easter vacation (weeks 27 and 28).

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

Please note, information about our British Studies courses 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 up-to-date course information. Once you have registered, we will inform you if there are any significant changes.


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

Student experience

Hear what students Felisa and Xu say about the British Studies courses.


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