- Aims: to study the origins and development of names of places and of people in England and Scotland, to investigate the special properties of names as lexical items, and to examine the function of names in contemporary discourse and literature. Intended learning outcomes: at the end of the course, students should have gained an understanding of (a) the origins and development of place-names and personal names in England and Scotland, (b) the historical and cultural contexts in which the place-names of England and Scotland were formed, (c) the lexical and semantic properties of names of various types, (d) patterns of name-giving and their implications for social identity, (e) the contribution of onomastic evidence to historical, demographic, literary and linguistic studies.
Normally taken in Junior Honours. Aims: to provide (a) an appreciation of how theories of semantics have developed within linguistics; (b) an enhanced awareness of the problems involved in studying something as elusive as meaning; (c) the opportunity to develop skills in linguistic analysis and critical discussion; (d) an awareness of the importance of semantics in codifying our world and describing our interaction with it; (e) an in-depth analysis of selected areas of meaning, such as metaphor, dictionaries or colour semantics. Intended learning outcomes: at the end of the course, students should have (a) explored ways in which meaning can be described and discussed; (b) developed a critical response to differing theoretical perspectives; (c) increased awareness of language use in oneself and others
- Staff: Wendy Anderson
- Staff: Ellen Bramwell
- Staff: RACHAEL HAMILTON
- Staff: Carole Hough
- Staff: Marc Alexander
- Staff: Daria IZDEBSKA
Normally taken in Junior Honours.
- Staff: Eleanor Lawson
- Staff: DUNCAN ROBERTSON
- Staff: Jane Stuart-Smith
- Staff: Eleanor Lawson
- Staff: Alison Bennett
- Staff: Claire Timmins
- Staff: Rachel Smith
- Staff: CLAIRE NANCE
Aims : to provide an understanding of (a) the operational capabilities of the vocal tract by a detailed study of the segmental and non-segmental features of English in various accents, and (b) the main techniques of experimental phonetics.
Intended learning outcomes : At the end of the course, students should be able to
(a) outline the respiratory, phonatory and articulatory possibilities of the vocal tract in speech;
(b) explain and apply key terms and concepts in the phonetic analysis of speech;
(c) describe the main phonetic and phonological patterns, both segmental and non-segmental, of varieties of English spoken within and outwith the UK;
(d) summarize, illustrate and critically evaluate current theoretical approaches to phonetic theory, including speech perception, neurophonetics, and sociophonetics;
(e) produce, identify and transcribe various forms of English speech;
(f) make and record precise measurements from acoustic representations of speech;
(g) use, interpret and evaluate data obtained by means of articulatory, acoustic, and perceptual techniques for investigating speech.