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Department of Linguistics

Directed Readings in Linguistics/the Structure of Language A

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Term 1

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The objective of this course is to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out study and research on a specific area of interest in greater depth and breadth than more traditional lecture-based courses permit. The student will thereby gain both an insight into research methodology and a deeper understanding of linguistics perspectives in particular in relation to the chosen topic.


Directed readings courses run for a total of one term with 3-6 hours tutorial per term. The student is expected to spend 2 hours per week on project work.

Scope and syllabus

This course is a one-term seminar on a specialised topic or language on which SOAS has staff with the required expertise, but for which there is no regular course. The format of the course will to some extent vary in individual cases, but should consist of regular one-to-one tutorials between student and instructor. A reading list and project outline is agreed and progress is discussed.

Method of assessment

One essay of 5,000 words to be submitted on the first day of the term after which the course is taught.

Suggested reading

As determined by supervisor.