Courses Catalogue

Human Language And Theoretical Perspectives

COURSE CODE: LIN 7112
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Linguistics, Masters
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Content and Outline

1) Introduction (8hours)

a)   Origins of language

b)   Features of linguistics

c)    Communicative linguistics

2) Generic perspectives (Refer to V. Fromkin) (12hours)

a)   Generative linguistics

b)   Descriptive linguistics

c)   Historical linguisticsd)   Anthropological linguistics

e)   Dialectology

f)    Computational linguistics

g)   Mathematical linguistics

h)   Psycholinguistics

i)     Neurolinguistics

j)    Pragmatics

3) Linguistic contributors (14hours)

a)    Halliday - Linguistic theory and transformation

b)   Chomsky - theory of language learning

c)    Ferdinand de Saussure - the structure of language

d)    Matthiessen - Systematic functional grammar

4) Interdisciplinary (14hours)

a)    Linguistics and philosophy

b)   Linguistics in pedagogy

c)    Linguistics and psychology

d)    Contrastive linguistics

e)    Linguistics and gender

5) Linguistic levels (12hours)

a)    Phonetics and phonology

b)   Lexicology

c)    Morphology

d)   Syntax

e)   Semantics

Teaching and Learning Methods

1) Lectures

2)   Small group/pair work

3)   Debate

4)   Demonstration

5)   Self study

6)   Discussion

Teaching - Learning Materials

·         Whiteboard and markers

·         Flip charts

·         Projectors

·         CDs, DVDs and Tapes