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Program Name: BA English Language
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Institution: University of Chester
Address: Department of English
University of Chester
City: Chester
Zip/Postal Code: CH1 4BJ
Country: United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 15 January each year
Contact Person: Matt Davies, Dr

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Phone: +44 1244 511835
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Language/Language Family Specialization(s): English
Program Size: Large (over 25 students)
Program Description: Language surrounds us in our daily life. We use and consume it in a myriad of contexts often without even thinking about it. Yet linguists still disagree on some of the fundamental questions about language works.

Is thought dependent on language? Is our culture inextricably interwoven with our language? How do words mean what they do? Are humans born with an innate capacity to use language? Are some languages more complex than others? Is there such a thing as ‘good' and ‘bad' English, and if so, who says so?

Modules include:

Structures of English (40 credits)

You will be introduced to core concepts in the study of English Language and tools of linguistic analysis: the sounds of speech (phonetics and phonology), the structure of words and sentences (morphology and syntax), and the meaning(s) of words and how they relate to each other (lexical semantics).

Language and Text (20 credits)

You will apply your knowledge of language structures and functions to the analysis of spoken and written discourse, whether it be poems, speeches, reviews, text messages or news reports. You will be introduced to conversation analysis including ways of recording and transcribing speech. You will also study genre, style and audience.

Introduction to Language and Society (40 credits)

An introduction to some of the ways in which an individual's language influences and is influenced by society. Key topics will include: the relationship between accent/dialect and gender, region and class; politeness; pidgins and creoles; and attitudes to language varieties.

The Nature of Language

To really understand how language works you need to know some of the sub-disciplines, debates, theories and major figures within linguistics. You will examine the difference between animal and human communication; the nature of meaning (semantics and pragmatics); the relationship between language and thought; and even the nature of humour.

Roots and Development of English

Where English comes from, how it has changed, and where it is going.

Language Acquisition

How children learn to use language

Further optional modules include:

* Creativity in English
* English Phonetics and Phonology
* Varieties of English
* The Power of Language
* Researching Spoken Language

* Language Debates
* English and Media Discourse
* Language and Gender
* Psycholinguistics
* Topics in Sociophonetics
* The Grammar of Words
* Advanced Literary Stylistics
* Corpus Linguistics
* Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language
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