Introductory (BA-level) courses in (English) syntax and (English) phonology. If in doubt, consult the course tutor before registering.
The study of word formation deals with the ways in which new words are built on the bases of other words, e.g. clue-less-ness. In this course, we will examine a number of perspectives on word formation and apply these to English. What types of word formation processes are there in English? Are the rules that build words similar to the rules that build sentences? How are complex words stored in the brain? And how does word formation throw light on the way that languages change, and on how they are acquired?
Students have gained insight into the different types of word formation in English.
Students are familiar with different theoretical approaches to word formation, and are able to apply these approaches in their own work
Students are familiar with current issues in the study of word formation.
The timetable is available on the MA Linguistics website.
Mode of instruction
Time spent on attending seminars: 26 hours
Time for studying the compulsory literature and preparing for the presentation: 132 hours
Time to write a paper (including reading/research): 122 hours
Oral presentation and classroom participation 20%
Final written essay 80%
The final grade consists of weighted average of the above components.
Resit: students who fail the course may resit the final essay.
This course is not supported by Blackboard.
Plag, Ingo (2018). Word-Formation in English (2nd edition). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A selection of recent articles (to be made available)
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
When registering, students that are registered for the specialisation that this course belongs to, or the Research Master, take priority. The deadline for registration is August 15. All other students should contact the coordinator of studies.
General information about uSis is available in English.
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