English Linguistics: Lexicology

lgerm2823  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

English Linguistics: Lexicology
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
22.5 h
Main themes
The course approaches the field of lexicology from five different angles :
1. Lexical semantics : conceptual meaning (componential analysis and prototypical approach) ; collocational, stylistic and connotative meaning ; homonymy and polysemy ; metaphor and metonymy.
2. Structure of the lexicon: semantic fields; paradigmatic relations (synonymy, hyponymy and antonymy) and syntagmatic relations.
3. Phraseology: study of the different typologies and analysis of the criteria used to classify the various categories of multi-word units (compounds, collocations, idioms, etc.).
4. English-French contrastive lexicology : lexical differences between English and French ; analysis of 'false friends'.
5. Monolingual and bilingual lexicography : impact of computerized corpora on new dictionaries, particularly learners' dictionaries.

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

1 At the end of the course, students will master the terminology and main concepts of lexicology. They will be able to read scientific publications and conduct research in the field of English lexicology or contrastive lexicology.
The course provides an introduction to the main concepts in the field of (English and English-French) lexicology and lexicography. Students are expected to do the required readings beforehand so as to be able to participate actively in classroom discussions.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Lectures and discussions based on scientific articles, exercises and mini-projects.
The lectures are given face to face (or online via Teams or using dual mode teaching if face to face teaching is not possible in case of a health crisis for example).
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam or extended term paper on a topic in English lexicology (+ oral defence): 80% of the final mark for the course.
Continuous assessment (20% of the final mark for the course): active participation in the classroom and online forum discussions, mini-projects.
Online resources
Blake, B.J. (2019) English Vocabulary Today. Routledge.
Cowie, A. (ed.) 1998. Phraseology. Theory, Analysis and Applications. Clarendon Press : Oxford.
Granger, S. & Paquot, M. (2012) Electronic Lexicography. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Singleton, D.(2000) Language and the Lexicon. An Introduction. Arnold : London.
Van Roey, J. ( 1990) French-English Contrastive Lexicology. Peeters : Louvain-la-Neuve.
cf. Moodle
Teaching materials
  • Scientific articles, documents and slides available on Moodle
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
Oral exam on Teams.

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Master [120] in Linguistics

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