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Sentence Structure and Language Meaning: An Introduction to Syntax and Semantics

Course details

Code
O19P714TEW
Fees
From £215.00
Credit
10 CATS points

Dates
24 Jan 2020 - 27 Mar 2020
Sessions
10
Day of week
Friday
Time
1:00-3:00pm

Sentence Structure and Language Meaning: An Introduction to Syntax and Semantics

Overview

This course offers a general introduction to two of the four core areas of linguistics: syntax (how words are organised into sentences) and semantics  (word and sentence meaning). It introduces students to some of the essentials of language study and assumes no previous knowledge of the subject.

The language of reference is English, but parallels will be drawn with other languages in and beyond Europe. Delivery will be a combination of lectures, discussions, pair and group work.

Programme details

Term Starts:   24th January

Week 1:  Linguistics and the study of language: a brief introduction

Week 2:  Syntax: from words to sentences

Week 3:  Syntax: syntactic analysis - form vs. function

Week 4:  Syntax: tree diagrams and phrase structure representations  

Week 5:  Syntax: the semantic roles of syntactic structures

Week 6:  Semantics: the meaning of language

Week 7:  Semantics: word meaning vs. sentence meaning

Week 8:  Semantics: lexical relations - synonymy, antonymy and hyponymy

Week 9:  Pragmatics: how context affects meaning

Week 10: Summing up

Certification

Students who register for CATS points will receive a Record of CATS points on successful completion of their course assessment.

To earn credit (CATS points) you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Coursework is an integral part of all weekly classes and everyone enrolled will be expected to do coursework in order to benefit fully from the course. Only those who have registered for credit will be awarded CATS points for completing work at the required standard.

Students who do not register for CATS points during the enrolment process can either register for CATS points prior to the start of their course or retrospectively from between January 1st and July 31st after the current academic year has been completed. If you are enrolled on the Certificate of Higher Education you need to indicate this on the enrolment form but there is no additional registration fee.

Fees

Description Costs
Course Fee £215.00
Take this course for CATS points £10.00

Tutor

Mr George Krasovitsky

George is a doctoral researcher and tutor, working primarily on changes in word structure through time and space. Before coming to Oxford, he worked in the phonetics lab at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig.

George has approximately 5 years' experience of teaching German including grammar, conversation, and discussion groups at various levels up to the advanced level in the Higher Education context, as well as exam-related syllabi e.g. GCSE and A-level. His current research deals with the structure and usage of German (among others).

Course aims

To provide an introduction to two of the core areas which make up the discipline of general linguistics, namely syntax and semantics.  The course also aims at teaching the skills of relating data to theory, and should give students a heightened sensitivity to language that will empower them to go beyond the material presented in class.

Course Objectives

1. explore some of the essential elements of general linguistics and a greater awareness of the complexities of their own language(s)

2. apply the principles of linguistic theory to the analysis of different languages

3. analyse in some detail selected language elements in terms of syntax and semantics

Teaching methods

Teaching will be a combination of interactive lectures/seminars, discussions, pair and group work. There will also be short reading assignments each week in preparation for the class.The language of reference is English, but parallels will be drawn with other languages in and beyond Europe.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will be expected to:

1. Have a greater awareness of the complex organisation and systematic nature of language

2. Be familiar with some of the theories, terminology and techiniques of linguistic analysis and be able to apply this knowledge to the description of different languages

Assessment methods

Two practical tasks, one of which is for formative assessment (tutor feedback).

One 1,000 word-long assignment/essay.

Students must submit a completed Declaration of Authorship form at the end of term when submitting your final piece of work. CATS points cannot be awarded without the aforementioned form.

Application

To earn credit (CATS points) for your course you will need to register and pay an additional £10 fee per course. You can do this by ticking the relevant box at the bottom of the enrolment form or when enrolling online.

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please complete an application form.

Level and demands

Most of the Department's weekly classes have 10 or 20 CATS points assigned to them. 10 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of ten 2-hour sessions. 20 CATS points at FHEQ Level 4 usually consist of twenty 2-hour sessions. It is expected that, for every 2 hours of tuition you are given, you will engage in eight hours of private study.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS)