Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
4+1 with thesis English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 528 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
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Assistant Professor Amna Brdarević-Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course is designed to acquaint students with 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 core areas of linguistic theory – morphology, phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

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 Overview; Language; Linguistics; Competence vs. Performance, Descriptive vs. Prescriptive Grammar
  2. Morphology: the basics of morphological analysis Word and word structure: morphemes (free and bound), allomorphs. Roots, bases and affixes; Basic morphological processes: inflection, derivation and compounding;
  3. Other morphological phenomena: internal change, suppletion, reduplication etc. How to identify morphemes in unfamiliar languages? Morphology wrap-up and the discussion of the reading material
  4. Phonetics: Consonant: classification of consonants based on manner and place of articulation Vowels: simple vowels and diphthongs, tense and lax vowels.; transcription
  5. Phonology: Phonemes and allophones, complementary distribution; Distinctive feature theory Prosodic Phonology: Syllable structure, Word Stress, Sentence and Phrase stress and intonation;
  6. Syntax: Grammaticality judgements; Lexicon, computational system, Merge and Move; The concept of structure: structure and structural ambiguity; Syntactic categories: lexical and non-lexical/functional categories Phrase structure: heads, specifiers and complements;
  7. Mid-term exam preparation
  8. Mid-term Exam
  9. Syntax: Constituency and constituents Constituent structure tests/ Tests for phrase structure; Grammatical relations. Sentence structure.
  10. Sematic relations among words: synonymy, antonymy, polysemy and homophony; theta structure and theta roles
  11. Semantic relations involving sentence: paraphrase, entailment, contradiction, Connotation, denotation, extension and intension;

  1. Pragmatics: Pronouns and Other Deictic Words; Implicature, Presupposition; Discourse analysis
  2. Sociolinguistics: Language in Social Contexts Linguistic variation, Regional and social dialects; Bilingualism, code-switching and borrowing; 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.
  3. Psycholinguistics: The human mind at work: comprehension, production and acquisition; Methods of psycholinguistic research;
  4. Neurolinguistics and the summary of the course


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Final Exam140
    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
    • • O\\'Grady, William, John Archibald and Frnacis Katamba. Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction. 2nd ed. Pearson Education Limited, 2011.
    • • George Yule. The Study of Language. 4th ed. Cambridge University Press. 2010.
    • • Adrian Akmajian , Richard A. Demers , Ann K. Farmer , Robert M. Harnish. Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication. 5th ed. The MIT Press, 2001.

    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