Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 213 Linguistics I Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 3 125 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assist. Prof. Amna Brdarević-Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is designed to introduce students to the field of linguistics, the scientific study of human natural language, and some of the results and ideas of modern linguistic theory. It also aims to teach students careful analytical reasoning through the examination of linguistic data from various languages. It begins with simple questions about language, linguistics and linguistic analysis, and proceeds to extensively cover four core areas of linguistic theory – morphology, phonetics, phonology and syntax.

Upon completion of this course, students:
• will have gained the basic knowledge of four subfields of linguistics;
• will have also demonstrated great ability to do basic phonological, morphological and syntactic analysis of both English and data from other languages and to read and write using International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA);
• will have been able to compare different world languages and come to certain conclusions about their similarities and differences.

  1. Introduction: Language and Linguistics, Competence vs. Performance, Descriptive vs. Prescriptive grammar
  2. Morphology: Word and word structure: morphemes (free and bound), allomorphs. Roots, bases and affixes
  3. Basic morphological processes: inflection, derivation, compounding and conversion;
  4. Other morphological phenomena: internal change, suppletion, reduplication etc.
  5. How to identify morphemes in unfamiliar languages? Morphology wrap-up and the discussion of the reading material
  6. Phonetics: Phonetic transcription, Physical properties of speech – the sound-producing system.
  7. Phonetics: the classification of consonants based on manner and place of articulation Vowels: simple vowels and diphthongs, tense and lax vowels.
  8. Mid-term exams
  9. Phonology: Phonemes and allophones, complementary distribution; Distinctive feature theory
  10. Phonology: Syllable structure, Word Stress, Sentence and Phrase stress and intonation;
  11. Syntax: Lexicon, computational system, Merge and Move; The concept of structure: structure and structural ambiguity
  12. Syntax: Syntactic categories: lexical and non-lexical/functional categories Phrase structure: heads, specifiers and complements
  13. Syntax: Constituency and constituents; Constituent structure tests/ Tests for phrase structure
  14. Syntax: Grammatical Relations; Sentence structure;
  15. Final Review: Cumulative, covers all course content;


      • Interactive Lectures
      • Excersises
      • Presentation
      • Discussions and group work
      • Problem solving
      • Assignments
      Description (%)
      Method Quantity Percentage (%)
      Midterm Exam(s)130
      Final Exam140
      +Chapter report110
      Total: 100
      Learning outcomes
      • Collect, organize and analyze linguistic data from diverse languages.
      • Form hypotheses about language structure and test those hypotheses against new data
      • Have sufficient background in the technical vocabulary and theoretical tools of the field to read published linguistic research papers
      • Construct readable, well-supported research report
      • • George Yule. The Study of Language. 4th Edition. Cambridge University Press. 2010.
      • • Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman and Nina Hyams. An Introduction to Language. 9th ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2007.

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination11616
      Preparation for Final Examination12020
      Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
      Seminar / Presentation12020
      Total Workload: 125
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5