English: Structure and Practice

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSOL2EN3094

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Course Coordinator and Team: Monishita Hajra Pande

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Pre-requisites: None

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:

  1. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key concepts in linguistic study
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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)

Diphthongs, Monophthongs

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

Morphological Process

Word Formation

Module 4: Syntax

Syntactic Categories

Syntactic Process

Syntactic Analysis

Module 5: Semantics and Pragmatics

Semantic Theories

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

Narrative Theory

Reading List:

  • 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:

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Date/period in which Assessment will take place



Project submission and presentation

Throughout the semester



Mid-semester exam

Mid October



Term paper

End of November