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 + 2 132 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 cover different subfields of micro and macro linguistics, with a special focus on sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics.

Upon completion of this course, students:
• will have gained the basic knowledge of four subfields of linguistics;
• will have been able to compare different world languages and come to certain conclusions about their similarities and differences.

  1. Course Introduction/ Syllabus Overview;
  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. Phonetics and Phonology: classification of consonants based on manner and place of articulation Vowels: simple vowels and diphthongs, tense and lax vowels.; transcription
  4. 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;
  5. Semantics and Pragmatics: Sematic relations among words: synonymy, antonymy, polysemy and homophony; Semantic relations involving sentence: paraphrase, entailment, contradiction, Connotation, denotation, extension and intension;
  6. Sociolinguistics: Language in Social Contexts Linguistic variation, Different types of dialects; Bilingualism, code-switching and borrowing; Contact-driven languages: mixed languages, lingua francas, pigins and creoles;
  7. Sociolinguistics Language in Use: Style, Slangs, Jargon and Argot, Taboo or not (euphemisms) etc.
  8. Mid-term Exam
  9. Sociolinguistics: continued Multilingual speech communities: Language choice in multilingual communities Language maintenance and shift
  10. Sociolinguistics: continued Linguistics varieties and multilingual nations National languages and language planning
  11. Sociolinguistics: Focus on Users (continued) Regional and social dialects Gender and Age
  12. Sociolinguistics: continued Ethnicity and social networks Language change
  13. Psycholinguistics The human mind at work: comprehension, production and acquisition; Methods of psycholinguistic research;

  1. 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)
  2. Final review


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)130
    Term Paper120
    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.
    • • Holmes, Janet (2008). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3rd ed.) Pearson Longman.
    • • Trudgill, Peter (2010). Investigations in Sociohistorical Linguistics. Cambridg-e University Press. ISBN 978-0521132930

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)30130
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
    Midterm Examination (1 week)111
    Final Examination(1 week)111
    Preparation for Midterm Examination21020
    Preparation for Final Examination22040
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11515
    Seminar / Presentation11010
    Total Workload: 132
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5