Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 218 Linguistics II Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 5 2 + 1 126

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assistant professor Amna Brdarević-Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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Linguistics II is the continuation of the course Linguistics I covering four basic linguistic subfields morphology, phonetics, phonology and syntax. It proceeds to extensively cover the other linguistic branches such as semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics and corpus linguistics. It aims to teach students careful analytical reasoning through the examination of linguistic data from various languages. The course starts by introducing semantics, the study of meaning in the linguistic system and proceeds to introduce the basics of pragmatics, the study of meaning in context. Due to the inextricable link between pragmatics and its closely related field of discourse analysis, the instructor decided to briefly cover the basics of discourse analysis, the analysis of language ‘above the sentence’. The next linguistic subfield covered is sociolinguistics, which is concerned with language in social and cultural context, especially how people with different social identities (e.g. gender, age, race, ethnicity, class) speak and how their speech changes in different situations. Two quite young linguistic subfields are covered next – psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. Psycholinguistics is the study in language processing and language processing mechanisms. Psycholinguists study how word meaning, sentence meaning and discourse meaning are computed and represented in the mind. On the other hand, the goal of neurolinguistics is to understand how language is represented and processed in brain. It also covers different types of language disturbance that result from brain damage. The final chapter to be covered is corpus linguistics, where students will be acquainted with the most famous corpora and different systems and symbols used for analyzing corpora.

Upon completion of this course, students:
• will have gained the basic knowledge of different linguistic subfields;
• will have also demonstrated great ability to do basic analysis of both English and data from other languages and to analyze various kinds of texts by applying different linguistic approaches.
• will have been able to compare different world languages and come to certain conclusions about their similarities and differences.

  1. Course Introduction/ Syllabus Overview The overview of linguistic subfields to be covered in the course;
  2. 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;
  3. Semantics (Continuation) Fuzzy concepts, graded membership and metaphors; Semantic features; Syntax and sentence interpretation: theta theory;
  4. Pragmatics Pronouns and Other Deictic Words; Presupposition; Conversational Maxims and conversational implicature;
  5. Pragmatics The Politeness Principle and Maxims; Discourse Analysis Broad and narrow definition of ‘discourse’, three ways of analyzing discourse; Conversation analysis;
  6. Sociolinguistics: Language in Social Contexts Linguistic variation, Regional and social dialects; Bilingualism, code-switching and borrowing;
  7. Sociolinguistics (continuation) Contact-driven languages: mixed languages, lingua francas, pigins and creoles. Language in Use: Style, Slangs, Jargon and Argot, Taboo or not (euphemisms) etc Mid-term preparation
  8. Mid-term Exam
  9. Psycholinguistics The human mind at work: comprehension, production and acquisition; Methods of psycholinguistic research;
  10. Non-working day
  11. Psycholinguistics: continued
  12. Neurolinguistics The human brain and the localization of language in the brain; Aphasia: the linguistic characterization of Aphasic Syndromes; Neural Evidence of Grammatical Phenomena (speech sounds, sentence structure)

  1. Corpus Linguistics The Analysis of different corpora;
  2. The presentations of the projects
  3. Final Review: Cumulative, covers all course content


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • • Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman and Nina Hyams. An Introduction to Language. 10th ed. Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2007. (Chapters 4, 7 and 10)
      • • O\'Grady, William, John Archibald and Francis Katamba. Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Pearson Education Limited, 2011. (Chapters 6, 12, 13 and 14)
      • • George Yule. The Study of Language. 4th Edition. Cambridge University Press. 2010 (Chapter 11)
      • • A Chapter on Corpus Linguistics; webpage address

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14114
      Midterm Examination (1 week)122
      Final Examination(1 week)122
      Preparation for Midterm Examination4520
      Preparation for Final Examination7535
      Assignment / Homework/ Project21020
      Seminar / Presentation155
      Total Workload: 126
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5