EN 201 – Introduction to Linguistics

Course lecturer :

Dr.Tamer Victor

Course assistant :

Mrs.Pance’ Emara

Course objectives :

The course links linguistics to translation aiming at facilitating professional translation. Language is defined: its characteristics, phonetics, phonology, morphology, discourse, syntax and semantics. Students are taught the difference between written and spoken language, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and morphology. This is applied to both the Arabic and English languages.

Course description :

This course is an introductory survey of linguistics, focusing on natural language phenomena, and the methods and findings of linguists seeking to understand them. It will address the following subdomains of linguistics during the course: Phonetics: The physical properties of language forms (e.g. sounds) Phonology :The psychological representation of language forms Morphology: How language forms combine to form words Syntax :How words combine to form phrases and sentences Semantics :The meanings of words, phrases, and sentences Pragmatics :How sentences are used in context Sociolinguistics: How language is affected by social context

Course assessment :

  • 20% Mid-term/ written exam
  • 20% class work
  • 60% Final exam / written exam

Recommended text books :

Yule, G. (2006). The study of language. Cambridge, UK

Recommended refrences :

Matthews, P. H. (2003). Linguistics: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press www.ekb.eg