PL2GM2-Grammar and Meaning 2

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

Module Convenor: Dr Ian Cunnings


Summary module description:
This module builds on topics introduced in Part 1, to deepen students' understanding of the main properties of grammar, meaning, and use of language.

This module builds upon the content delivered in PL1GM. It reinforces the students understanding of the main properties of grammar, meaning, and use of language. Detailed study of various types of linguistic phenomena relevant to typical and atypical language development and decline will be discussed from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Language processing considerations will be introduced and clinical argumentation about the nature of grammatical knowledge will be discussed. Language assessments will be discussed including sessions on how to analyse child data using LARSP.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to demonstrate substantial knowledge and understanding of:
-- the morphological syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties of English words and sentences;
- the relevant theoretical concepts and descriptive notations used to analyse the aspects of language covered in the course;
- locate and assemble information on each of these concepts, primarily from English;
- appraise critically the adequacy of these concepts;
- organise their knowledge and articulate linguistic arguments effectively;
- analyse child data using LARSP.

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:
The content is organised in the main core areas of linguistics. Each area works from general theoretical assumptions to more specific analytical concepts.

Syntax and Morphology: The goals set by general linguistic theory are presented first so that students will be able to appreciate the larger context in which the descriptive details belong.
Semantics-pragmatics: the scope of semantics/pragmatics, speech acts, reference and sense relations, inference.
Practical sessions on LARSP will link theoretical assumptions with clinical data.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Two one-hour sessions per week, made up of lectures with weekly back-up seminar groups based on prepared practical work and reading.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Guided independent study 170
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Set exercise 30
Class test administered by School 70

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by weekly, continuous assessment (30%) and an end-of-term class test requiring short paragraph answers to a choice of questions (70%).

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%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment by August / September.

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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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