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You will spend about 10 hours in lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend time reading, collecting and analysing natural language data and working on practical tasks in the laboratory. Your dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic of interest in depth and you will work with supervision from a member of staff.
Assessment involves a variety of approaches - essay writing, practical assignments, empirical research studies, oral presentations and examinations.
You will take four 20-credit modules in English Language and two in Film Studies.
Compulsory 20-credit modules for English Language:
- Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
- Introduction to Syntax & Morphology: the structure of words and sentences and how it is analysed in different theories
- English and Society or Language and Culture: how language varies according to dialect and social aspects; the relationship between language and cultural aspects such as language policy and bilingualism.
You will also have the option of taking Welsh-medium modules on core aspects of linguistics.
Years 2 and 3
Over the two years you will take eight 20-credit modules in English Language and 4 in Film Studies, and then any listed under English Language including the requirements for the dissertation.
Compulsory modules for English Language:
Compulsory 2nd year modules will include such topics as phonology, syntax, semantics, and the history of English. In year 3 you will get a choice from a wide range of English Language and Film Studies modules. For more details see the listing for English Language, including the requirement for a dissertation.
Please see entry for Film Studies for your other module selections
Module choices may vary from year to year.
Examples of recent dissertation topics include: The acquisition of consonant clusters by a Down’s syndrome child; Lawyers’ question strategies in the Harold Shipman trials; A syntactic analysis of verb-second in Swedish; Pronunciation change in popular music; Attitudes towards north Wales accents of English; Metaphors for war during the first Gulf War; Children’s attitudes to accents; An analysis of doctor-patient interactions.