Topics


The course explores possibilities for doing empirical research within an integrational framework of analysis. Among the topics covered are: theories of communication; language and the language myth; language and meaning; the status of the term 'language' and 'a language'; linguistic rules; signs and the nature of writing; language practice; grammar and dictionary; language and identity; proper names; signs in the linguistic landscape; language ideology; linguistic prescriptivism; language and the mind; language and reality; language and responsibility; language and history, science, art.

 

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Objectives


Students will gain an understanding of the basic premises of integrational linguistics, and will be able to identify the ways in which these differ from those of mainstream (or orthodox) linguistics. Students will be introduced to debates about whether integrational linguistics can be applied to data, and will be given the opportunity to explore this issue in a project involving empirical research. However, it will equally be possible to produce a more theoretical paper. Students will acquire a framework for reflecting on their own individual linguistic experience, and arrive at an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the integrational paradigm as a whole.

 

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Organisation


The course has three timetabled hours per week. The first two hours will involve a mixture of formal lecturing and other activities (close readings, group work, plenary discussion). The third timetabled hour will be used for tutorials and review sessions.

 

 

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Assessment


The primary requirements are:

participation in and attendance of lectures and tutorials (10%)
an in-class quiz about the materials covered in the lectures (30%)
a research essay or research project (60%).

 

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Texts


Students will be provided with chapters and passages from various works by Roy Harris, among which his Introduction to Integrational Linguistics (Elsevier, 1998), and from the more recent publication Signs, Meaning and Experience (Mouton De Gruyter, 2015) by Adrian Pablé & Christopher Hutton.

 

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Last updated: 18 July 2017