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Department of Linguistics

Morphology

Course Code:
152900036
Unit value:
0.5
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 1
Provides an introduction to the major concepts in the study of morphology and discusses its place within linguistic theory.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of this course is to provide an introduction to major concepts in the study of morphology and discusses its place within linguistic theory. At the end of the course students will be familiar with different types of morphology and how it is used across languages. They will be aware of which principles of language govern the distribution of morphology and how morphology interacts with other components of language.

Workload

Total of 10 weeks teaching with 2 hours classroom contact per week.

Scope and syllabus

The syllabus provides students with the materials to build on their existing knowledge of morphology. It begins with the introduction of core notions in morphology including the nature of morphemes, morphological processes, derivational morphology, inflectional classes and paradigm. The second part of the course builds on this knowledge to examine the interfaces between morphology and phonology and morphology and syntax. The course ends with discussion of how morphology is theoretically modelled in current approaches to the topic.

Method of assessment

One two-hour written examination (60%) taken in May/June; one essay of 1,500 words to be submitted on day 1, week 6 in the term that the course is taught (20%);  one essay of 1,500 words to be submitted on the final day of week 10 in the term that the course is taught (20%).

Suggested reading

A reading list will be supplied by the convenor at the beginning of the course.