PL1GM-Grammar and Meaning

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr George Pontikas


Summary module description:
This is an introduction into Grammar, Meaning, and use of language.

This module introduces students to the main properties of human language and focuses on grammar, meaning, and use of language. It will introduce students to linguistic concepts that are necessary for their understanding of how language is acquired and how it can be impaired. Theoretical concepts will be applied to data from adults and children with typical and atypical language development. It will facilitate students' ability to identify patterns and use data to justify their analyses. It will introduce students to the construction and interpretation of clinical tasks for the assessment of language impairments.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
•the main syntactic and semantic properties of English sentences;
•the relevant theoretical concepts and descriptive notations used to analyse the aspects of language covered in the course;
•ways of assessing different aspects of language for research and clinical purposes, with some awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of those methods;
•differences in language use between individual and social groups;
•social aspects of human language.
By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate that they can:
•select relevant concepts and notations to describe language data;
•justify their selection of descriptive concepts and analytical methods;
•use linguistic concepts to devise suitable headings/checklists for informal observation of a client;
•spot patterns in a range of unimpaired and impaired language data;
•use their linguistic knowledge in the evaluation of a language assessment for a client.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of academic writing abilities and to reinforce what is learned in large lecture groups through involvement in small-group seminars. Students will also develop their bibliographic and IT skills by use of indicated resources.

Outline content:
Language and symbol systems; the relevance of linguistics, its concepts and methods for speech and language therapy; language use; word (syntactic) categories; syntactic category tests and their application to typical and atypical language; morphology: inflection vs. derivation; thematic roles; argument structure; arguments vs. adjuncts; phrase structure and clinical applications; lexical and sentence meaning; lexical relations.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures with back-up seminar groups based on prepared practical work and reading and involving structured group discussion.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 10
Tutorials 10 10
Guided independent study 80 80
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Set exercise 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Written assignment
One task-based assignment that will involve the application of linguistic concepts to the analysis of data and the identification of patterns in the data. This will be set in the spring term and submitted in the summer term.

Set exercises
Continuous assessment each week throughout the autumn and spring term through weekly exercises on Blackboard.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August / September. Coursework will be carried forward if it bears a mark of 40% or more overall. Otherwise it must be submitted in August.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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