SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

Extended Essay in Linguistics (B)

Module Code:
Year of study:
Year 2 or Year 3
Taught in:
Term 2

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

An extended essay provides an opportunity for independent study or research separate from the ISP. Students will become familiar with reading primary literature and understanding theoretical and research methodologies.

Students wishing to take this option must contact the programme convenor and get their approval before enrolling. Students are then required to contact potential supervisors and submit to them a working title and a synopsis of 300-500 words of the proposed topic. It must not be assumed that all proposals will be automatically approved.


A total of 5 hours supervision will be given throughout the term/year.

Scope and syllabus

A 5,000 word essay, requiring an orderly synthesis of material on any approved topic in Linguistics. Advice on selection of topic, background reading, preparation and organisation of the material will be given by the supervisor.

Method of assessment

One 5,000-word essay due on Friday week 1, term 3.

Suggested reading

Reading list to be decided by supervisor and student.


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