Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
3+2 English Language and Literature Master

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 528 Introduction to Language and Linguistics Graduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Area Elective 6 2 + 2 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mirna Begagić, Assist. Prof. Dr. assistant professor Mirna Begagić Mirna Begagić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course is designed to expose students to an overview of linguistics at the various levels of description of language. In a field which is often seen as rapidly moving, it will continue to be used by students seeking an overview of the central areas of linguistics. Students will be acquainted with various aspects of linguistic study such as language universals, brain and language, classification of languages, psycholinguistics…

The course is designed to expose students to an overview of linguistics at the various levels of description of language. Its goal is to:
• Introduce Ss to the elementary foundations of modern linguistics
• Understand the basic metalanguage of linguistics
• Study the basic notions of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and
• Understand the way languages are classified
• Introduce students to core areas of linguistic description
• Expose students to the various aspects of linguistic study such as Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Language Acquisition, Classification of languages

  1. Week 1 (7.10.) Introduction to the course: syllabus, books, course objectives and contents, Ss’ responsibilities
  2. Week 2 (14.10.) Language: Linguistic knowledge; Grammar; Linguistic competence and performance; Language and thought; Human language
  3. Week 3 (21.10.) Phonetics: phonetic symbols and transcription, units of representation, the sound producing system, consonant articulation, vowels, consonant articulation
  4. Week 4 (28.10.) Phonology: minimal pairs, complementary distribution, phonemes and allophones; syllable
  5. Week 5 (4.11.) Morphology: words and word structure, morphemes, allomorphs, affixation, cliticization, internal change; derivation, derivational affixes, complex derivation, compounding
  6. Week 6 (11.11.) Semantics: the nature of meaning; semantic relations among words; semantic relations involving sentences
  7. Week 7 (18.11.) Animal Communication: The bees; The birds; Monkeys; Design features
  8. Week 8 (25.11.) Mid-term exam
  9. Week 9 (2.12.) Syntax: categories and structure; phrase structure, specifiers and complements, the structure of sentences
  10. Week 10 (9.12.) Brain & Language: The localization of language in the brain; Aphasia; Brain imaging technology; Brain Plasticity and Lateralization in Early life, Split Brains; Brain organization

  1. Week 11 (16.12.) The Classification of Languages: Dialect and language; Types of classification
  2. Week 12 (23.12.) Language & Society: Dialects; Language in Contact; Lingua Francas; Pidgins and Creoles
  3. Week 13 (30.12.) Language acquisition: The study of lang. acquisition; phonological development; vocabulary development; Morphological development; Syntactic development
  4. Week 14 (6.01.) Psycholinguistics: Methods of psycholinguistic research; Brain Activity; Language corpora and databases; Language processing and linguistics
  5. Week 15 (13.01.) Course review


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      • W. O’Grady, J. Archibald and F. Katamba (2011) Contemporary Linguistics, An Introduction. Longman: Pearson Education
      • V. Fromkin, R. Rodman and N. Hyams (2011) An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth Cengage Learning

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
      Final Examination(1 week) 0
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination 0
      Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 0
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0