Introduction to Language Science

lfial1530  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Introduction to Language Science
In view of the health context linked to the spread of the coronavirus, the methods of organisation and evaluation of the learning units could be adapted in different situations; these possible new methods have been - or will be - communicated by the teachers to the students.
See also the list of assessments for the June 2020 session.
3 credits
30.0 h
Q2
Language
French
Prerequisites
None
Main themes
  • Human language as compared to other communication systems ;
  • Levels of linguistic analysis (phonetics-phonology, morphology, lexis, syntax and pragmatics);
  • Language universals and the variety of languages
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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This introductory course aims at explaining the functioning of language, that is the conditions under which human speech activity takes place, the way it is structured and governed. By the end of the course, students will be able to use the specific metalanguage of linguistics in a way to describe any language and explain its internal as well as external functioning (units and structures; historical, social and geographical variation). On the other hand, students will have developed the ability to analyze and interpret simple linguistics problems.

 

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Content
The course will successively address the following themes:
  • Undertstanding the functioning of language
  • The diverse forms of language (natural languages and other communication systems)
  • From "words" to morphological and lexical units
  • From "sounds" to phonological units
  • Syntactic units
  • From the language faculty to the variety of languages
  • Pragmatics or how to interpret language
Teaching methods
Lectures and questions / answers sessions.
Individual training by students using the DVD "Parole&Langue".
Evaluation methods
Written exam (40 multiple choice questions). Only students who will obtain a score of min. 20/40 for the exam will have a successful mark (min. 10/20).
Online resources
Moodle web site (Documents and Links ; Forums)
Bibliography
Teaching materials
  • Introduction aux sciences du langage (syllabus disponible à la DUC)
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General
3

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures : Classics

Bachelor in Ancient Languages and Literatures: Oriental Studies

Bachelor in Psychology and Education : Speech and Language Therapy

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Minor in Linguistics