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Introduction to English language and linguistics (IELL) - D

Responsible Faculty: Faculty of Arts

Teacher(s): Jennifer Thorburn

Validity: 2019 ->

Course Timetable (Weekly)

Date Location Notice Topics Lecturer(s)
2020/2021 : Friday 16:15-17:00 (Weekly, Autumn) Anthropole/1129     Beatriz Duarte Goncalves Ventura de Paula W
2020/2021 : Friday 16:15-17:00 (Weekly, Spring) Anthropole/3174     Beatriz Duarte Goncalves Ventura de Paula W

Practical work

1 hours per week
14 hours per year
Teaching language(s): English
Public: Yes
Credits: 1.00


Upon completion of the course students should:

- have acquired knowledge of the basic concepts and tools relevant to the study of linguistics;
- be able to apply these concepts and tools to the English language;
- have gained a solid overview of the core areas that define the field of English linguistics;
- take notes from lectures and similar learning resources (e.g. course book) in an efficient and effective manner;
- prepare for tests and other forms of course assessment in an efficient and successful way.


This course provides a general introduction to English linguistics, introducing students to the essential elements of linguistic analysis and some of their applications.

In the autumn semester, we will start our exploration of the English language by discussing the nature of language and linguistics. From there, we will begin to analyse the structure of the English language. We will start with the smallest component of language: speech sounds (phonetics and phonology). From there, we will move on to the internal structure and organisation of words (morphology) and then we will discuss how words are organised into phrases, clauses and sentences (syntax).

In the spring semester, we will continue with syntax before looking at discourse level elements of language, such as meaning (semantics) and contexts of language use (pragmatics).

Each week, there will be a lecture and a companion tutorial which will build on the concepts outlined during the lecture.


This course will be assessed by three written tests (validation interne) over the course of the academic year. These tests take place during the time of the lecture, lasting 45 minutes each.

Each test is worth one third of your overall course mark.

In order to pass IELL, you must have a minimum average of 4.0.


The required text for this course is: Culpeper, Jonathan, Paul Kerswill, Ruth Wodak, Tony McEnery & Francis Katamba (eds). 2018. English Language: Description, Variation and Context. 2nd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Programme requirements

Level B2 or above required in English (Common European framework of reference for languages)

Additional information


Use contextFaculty codeStatusCredits
A40-ANGL: Certificate of 40 credits ECTS in English (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› Introduction to English Language and Linguistics - A40-ANGL-1-40Optional1.00
A40-ANGL: Certificate of 40 credits ECTS in English (2013 ->) - A40-ANGL ›› Language and Linguistics - A40-ANGL-2-30Optional1.00
English, 1st year (2013 ->) ›› Introduction to English Language and Linguistics - BA-ANG-1-1040Optional1.00
NIV-ANG: Mise ΰ niveau MA, Anglais (2013 ->) - NIV-ANG ›› Introduction to English Language and Linguistics - NIV-ANG-1-1040Optional1.00
Options, 2nd part (2013 ->) ›› Language and Linguistics - BA-OP-ANGLOptional1.00
Options, 2nd part (2013 -> 2020) ›› Language and Linguistics - BA-OP-ANGL-TOptional1.00
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