Topics


Lexical units: words and phrases; Morphology: inflection and word-formation; Syntax: lexical categories; Phraseology: collocation; Construction grammar: words as grammatical constructions; Lexical semantics; Historical linguistics: sources of English vocabulary; The vagaries of English spelling; Dictionaries; Psycholinguistics: speech recognition and production.

 

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Objectives


This course will offer a very broad introduction to the linguistic and lexicographic study of lexical units in English. It will familiarize students with key concepts employed in the subdisciplines of linguistics which are relevant to the analysis and description of such units, as well as the way they are used, and with the lexicographical concepts deployed to talk about dictionaries. Students will also be introduced to the practice of scholarly work in lexicology and lexicography, with guided reading and writing up of project work.

 

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Organisation


There are three class-hours each week (Tuesdays 13:30—16:20). The first hour will usually comprise a lecture, followed by a practical workshop session in which students will learn and use some of the tools employed in lexical and morphological analysis; the third hour will be for consultations or tutorials, and in-class writing assignments, as required. Attendance is required at all sessions.

 

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Assessment


Assessment will be continuous and based 100% on coursework

In-class writing assignments (six, each worth 5%)

30%

Project (individually chosen; to be discussed with instructor)

70%

 

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Texts


All readings will be provided/available online.

 

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Last updated: 19 July 2017