Graduate Study - Faculty of Education and Humanities
PhD English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 615 Theoretical Linguistics Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
6 0

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Mirna Begagić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Mirna Begagić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The aims of this course are:
• Students will possess knowledge of diachronic and synchronic approaches in theoretical linguistics.
• Students will have advanced-level proficiency in a foreign language.
• Students will develop competence in the evaluation and continuance of research in theoretical linguistics.
• Students will demonstrate the ability to use empirical methods for cross-cultural comparative research

  1. Introduction to the course: syllabus, books, course objectives and contents, Ss’ responsibilities
  2. Phonetics: phonetic symbols and transcription, units of representation, the sound producing system, consonant articulation, vowels, consonant articulation Phonology: minimal pairs, complementary distribution, phonemes and allophones; syllable
  3. Language: Linguistic knowledge; Grammar; Language Universals; Animal language; The origin of language; Language and thought; Human language
  4. Morphology: words and word structure, morphemes, allomorphs, affixation, cliticization, internal change; derivation, derivational affixes, complex derivation, compounding
  5. Animal Communication: The bees; The birds; Monkeys; Design features
  6. Brain & Language: The localization of language in the brain; Aphasia; Brain imaging technology; Brain Plasticity and Lateralization in Early life, Split Brains; Brain organization
  7. Syntax: categories and structure; phrase structure, specifiers and complements, the structure of sentences
  8. Course review
  9. Mid/term exam
  10. The Classification of Languages: Dialect and language; Types of classification
  11. Language & Society: Dialects; Language in Contact
  12. ) First language acquisition: The study of lang. acquisition; phonological development; vocabulary development; Morphological development; Syntactic development
  13. ) Language acquisition: Mechanisms of language acquisition; Stages in language acquisition; Knowing more than one language

  1. Psycholinguistics: Methods of psycholinguistic research; Brain Activity; Language corpora and databases; Language processing and linguistics
  2. Course review


    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Total: 40
    Learning outcomes
    • • deeper knowledge of theoretical linguistics through the study of core subjects
    • • broadened knowledge of adjoining fields through elective courses
    • • a critical view of the theories and methods that have been underlying linguistic research,
    • • the ability to orient themselves in linguistic scientific literature with special regard to the development of theory and methods, and to earlier research,
    • • skills in communicating scientific content at a high level.

      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