Our BA English Language and Linguistics enables you to combine descriptive modules on the sound, word and sentence structure of English and sociolinguistic modules on varieties of English with more general linguistics modules.
Some of the topics addressed on our BA English Language and Linguistics include: where did English come from? How is it related to other European, Middle-Eastern and Indian languages? In what ways has English diverged from its closest relatives and why? How did English become the majority language of the British Isles and what has become of the Celtic languages it ousted or weakened? What forms of English was transplanted in the New World and how did it develop there? Why are Southern Hemisphere Englishes so similar to each other? What are the major dialects of English and how can we describe them? What is the relationship between the speakers social characteristics and the ways in which they use English? What range of speech sounds are found in present-day English? How are they articulated and how do they combine to make up words? Why is split possible as an imaginary English word, but not splot? How has English changed in pronunciation and structure over the centuries, and in what ways does it continue to change? How do we study variation in English dialects?
Your first year provides you with an introduction to the core areas in linguistics including the study of sounds and sound patterns, word and sentence formation, acquisition and processing of speech, the interaction between language and society, the relationship between language and culture, the manifestation of power through language, multilingualism and language variation. Your second and final years offer you a wide range of options on a variety of specialist topics including conversation and social interaction, media and institutional talk, varieties of English, language and sex, structure of English, English phonetics and phonology, language variation and English phonology, black Englishes and creoles, lexical change in the history of English, and grammatical change in the history of English. You also have the opportunity of spending an additional year abroad (eg in Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA) as part of your course, if you wish.
The special characteristics of our course are flexibility and choice. In your first year you take three compulsory modules and one optional module, which can be from across the faculty. During your second and final years, all your modules are optional. However, you must take two Linguistics modules and two English Language modules. There is a great deal of choice for these optional modules due to the extensive range of modules offered by our departments.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Foundations of Sociolinguistics;
Foundations of Psycholinguistics;
Foundations of Linguistics; and
one linguistics, language or social science option
Two English language options; and
two linguistics options
Two English language options; and
two linguistics options
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IELTS band : 6
To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you totake an IELTS test. More About IELTS
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
No work experience is required.
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