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Course Coordinator and Team: Monishita Hajra Pande
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim: This course will introduce students to the structure, the diverse forms and uses of English. It will enable students to understand and analyse the constitutive elements of the spoken and written forms of English and the language of literary texts. It will equip them with the necessary skills and tools required in the systematic study of language and literature. The basic literary stylistic concepts such as metre and rhythm, genre, narrative structure, interpretation and point of view will be studied in conjunction with the theory of language.
Course Outcomes: On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key concepts in linguistic study
- Demonstrate logical reasoning by applying linguistic concepts to engage in analysis of data from a variety of languages; evaluate evidence to form logical arguments to support one’s linguistic analysis
- Articulate their understanding of deep interconnectedness between theory of language and theory of literature and identify the underlying features of both written and spoken forms of English language
- Exhibit research skills by planning, executing and reporting a short linguistic project to inquire by asking relevant/appropriate questions, problematising, synthesising and articulating problem, formulating hypothesis and drawing conclusion from the data
- Think reflectively on one’s own socio-linguistic experiences and demonstrate sensitivity in analysing socio-politico and cultural factors in the use of language in society thereby exhibiting knowledge of multiple cultures and global values
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1: Phonetics
International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)
Homophones and Homographs
Accent and Intonation
Module 2: Phonology
Phoneme, Minimal Pair and Allophones
Segmental and Suprasegmental Phonology
Module 3: Morphology
Morphemes, Lexemes and allomorphs
Module 4: Syntax
Module 5: Semantics and Pragmatics
Levels of Meaning: lexical and grammatical meaning
Presupposition, Entailment and Implicature
Speech Act Theory
Module 6: Web of English
Language, Dialect, Pidgin, Creole, Slang
Code Switching and Lingua Franca
British English and Indian English
American English and African American English
Module 7: Stylistics
Elements of Style
Metre and Rhythm, Genre
Narrative Structure, Interpretation
Points of View
- Aitchison, Jean.Linguistics.London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2003.Print.
- Blum, Susan. Making Sense of Language: Readings from Culture and Communication. Oxford: OUP, 2012.Print.
- Carr, Philip. English Phonetics and Phonology.2nd ed.U.K: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.Print.
- Dhamija, Pushya Vibhooti and J.Sethi. A Course in Phonetics and Spoken English.2nd ed. New Delhi: Prentice-Hall, 2006.Print
- Fasold, Ralph, and Jeffrey Conner-Linton. An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Cambridge: CUP, 2006. Print.
- Gordon, W.Terrence, and Susan Willmarth. Linguistics for Beginners. New York: For Beginners LLC, 2008.Print.
- Hudson, Richard. Sociolinguistics. Cambridge: CUP, 1996.Print.
- Meyerhoff, Miriam. Introducing Sociolinguistics. London & New York: Routledge, 2006.Print.
- Odden, David. Introducing Phonology. Cambridge: CUP, 2005.Print.
- Poldauf, Ivan. English Word Stress. Oxford: Pergamon press, 1984.Print.
- Rahman, Tariq. A General Introduction to Linguistics. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2010.Print.
- Wardhaugh, Ronald. An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. U.K.: Blackwell Publishers, 2006. Print.
- Yule, George. The Study of Language.4th ed. Cambridge: CUP, 2010. Print.
Assessment Details with weights:
Date/period in which Assessment will take place
Project submission and presentation
Throughout the semester
End of November