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 five core areas of linguistic theory – morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax and semantics.

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. Course introduction, Syllabus presentation;
  2. What is language? Linguistic knowledge What is grammar? Descriptive, prescriptive and teaching grammar. Language Universals
  3. Morphology: the basics of morphological analysis Word and word structure: morphemes (free and bound), allomorphs. Roots, bases and affixes;
  4. Morphology Basic morphological processes: inflection, derivation and compounding;
  5. Morphology Other morphological phenomena: internal change, suppletion, reduplication, loaning, backformation, abbreviations etc.
  6. Morphology How to identify morphemes in unfamiliar languages?
  7. Phonetics and Phonology Phonetic transcription, honemes and allophones, complementary distribution; Distinctive feature
  8. Mid-term exams
  9. Syntax: The Basics of Syntactic Analysis Competence vs. Performance, Grammaticality judgements; Lexicon, computational system, Merge and Move; The concept of structure: structure and structural ambiguity
  10. Syntax Syntactic categories: lexical and non-lexical/functional categories Phrase structure: heads, specifiers and complementvs
  11. Syntax Constituency and constituents Constituent structure tests/ Tests for phrase structure
  12. Syntax: Grammatical Relations; Sentence structure;
  13. Semantics Sematic relations among words: synonymy, antonymy, polysemy and homonymy, metonymy, meronymy etc. Semantic relations involving sentence: paraphrase, entailment, contradiction, Connotation, denotation, extension and intension

  1. Semantics (Continuation) Fuzzy concepts, graded membership and metaphors; Semantic features; Syntax and sentence interpretation: theta theory;
  2. Final Review: Cumulative, covers all course content;


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Excersises
    • Discussions and group work
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam150
    +Homework assignments and class participation and attendance120
    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
    • • 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