Current issues and trends in English linguistics

lgerm1528  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Current issues and trends in English linguistics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
22.5 h + 5.0 h
Gilquin Gaëtanelle;
LGERM1328 Introduction to English linguistics: syntax and stylistics

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
The course provides an introduction to the different branches of English linguistics and deals with the various elements that constitute the foundation of the English language and its use in context:
  • The sounds of English: vowels, diphthongs, consonants; accentuation; intonation; phonetic transcription; geographical variation (British and American English)
  • The structure and meaning of English words: morphemes and allomorphs; inflection and derivation; neologisms, loanwords
  • The history and development of English: origin of the language, evolution, diversification
  • The social context of English: degree of formality, sociolects
  • The discourse of English: written and spoken registers, genres, critical discourse analysis
  • Crosslinguistic approaches to English
  • Learning and teaching English as a Foreign Language
The course also provides an overview of the methods of analysis of written and spoken English (corpus data; experimental data; qualitative and quantitative approaches).

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 A la fin de cette activité, l'étudiant est capable de développer un savoir informé sur les disciplines du cursus, répondre à une question écrite à travers un discours informé sur la langue ou la linguistique (notions, courants, théories de référence), recourir de manière adéquate et rigoureuse au vocabulaire, aux notions et aux concepts propres à chacune de ces disciplines, produire un discours qui intègre de manière adéquate et rigoureuse le vocabulaire, les notions et les concepts propres à la linguistique.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course provides an introduction to the branches of English linguistics and the main methods of analysis of written and spoken English.
Teaching methods
Lectures, PowerPoint presentations, reading list and exercise sessions which give students the opportunity to practise certain specific aspects of English linguistics such as phonetic script, morphological rules or the use of corpora.
Evaluation methods
Continuous assessment: active participation in class and in the exercise sessions, as well as online exercises and discussion forums on the Moodle platform.

In January or September: written exam including theoretical questions (70%) and exercises (30%).
Online resources
Teaching materials
  • Notes de cours et Powerpoint sur Moodle
  • Portefeuille de lectures
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Minor in English Studies