Description

 

Course number & Code

Najd 303 (ENG 320)

 

Course title

Linguistics I (Level Three)

 

Contact hours

3

 

Textbook

The study of language

George Yule (Third Edition)

 

Course Description:

Students are introduced to theories pertinent to the origins of language and the development of writing. Then, the five main branches of linguistics, namely, phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics, are presented. Sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and language acquisition are also introduced. However, due to the intensive nature of this summer course, the most important elements in linguistics will be introduced to the students.

 

Course Objectives:

This course aims at introducing students to the basic concepts and main branches of linguistics.

Course Main Subjects:

The Origin of language; the development of writing; the properties of language; The sounds of language; The sound patterns of language; Word and word-formation processes; Morphology; Phrases and sentences: Grammar; Syntax; Semantics and pragmatics; Discourse Analysis

 

Methods of Assessment:

a.      Two in-Term Exams (2X20) = 40 marks

b.      Participation and attendance: 10 marks

c.       Final Exam: 50 marks

 

 

 

Detailed Syllabus:

 

Students are expected to read the assigned chapters before class.

Week

Topic

Pages

WEEK 1

Introduction

Ch1: The Origins of Language

Ch 3: The Development of Writing

 

1-8

20 - 28

WEEK 2

Ch4: The Sound of Language

29 42

WEEK 3

Ch6: Words and Word-formation Processes

Ch7: Morphology

52 61

62 - 72

WEEK 4

Revision
First Mid-term
Announcement of Test Scores + Model Answers to exam Questions

Ch9: Syntax

 

86 - 99

WEEK 5

Ch10: Semantics

Ch11: Pragmatics

100 111

112 - 123

WEEK 6

Revision
Second Mid-Term
Announcement of Test Scores + Model Answers to Exam Questions

Ch12: Discourse Analysis

 

 

124 - 136

WEEK 7

Ch19: Language and Social Variation

Ch20: Language and Culture

205 - 215

216 -227