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The Linguistics BA focuses on the sounds, structures and meanings of language. This includes aspects of phonetics and phonology (how sounds are produced, transmitted and received), morphology (how words are built from smaller elements), syntax (how words are combined to form sentences), and semantics and pragmatics (how meaning depends on context).
Year one: compulsory courses: logic and meaning; introduction to phonetics and phonology; introduction to generative grammar; introduction to children's language development; introduction to language. Year two: compulsory courses: two intermediate courses in each of the core areas of linguistics: meaning; pronunciation; sentence structure. Optional courses: language acquisition; practical phonetics; sociolinguistics; language processing; linguistics of sign language. Final year: compulsory courses: two courses each from two of the core areas of linguistics: meaning; pronunciation; sentence structure. Optional courses: linguistics options may include: language acquisition; practical phonetics; sociolinguistics; language processing; linguistics of sign language.
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