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19 07, 2023



LING7016 Linguistic Diversity in China Dr. Robert Marcelo Sevilla MA Elective course. Sem 1Tuesday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: RRST-7.58 Course Description This course introduces linguistic diversity across modern China, with a focus on structural variation in terms of sound systems, word forms, and grammatical structure. The course takes a descriptive approach to linguistic features with little theoretical or technical linguistic knowledge necessary. Topics covered include the main typological regions in Sinitic and their relationships to each other, the Altaic areal region, the Mainland Southeast Asian region, the Highland region, and approaches to quantifying linguistic diversity. Course Details Assessment:100% coursework

19 07, 2023



LING6020 Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics Dr. Liu Chun Yin Ralph MA Elective course. Sem 1Monday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: (ONLINE) Course Description The course will examine issues concerning how language is acquired and processed in the mind. Advanced research topics to be covered in this course are as follows: brain and language development, language and thought, mental systems for words, word segmentation in Chinese and English, dyslexia, language disorders. There will also be practical laboratory classes. Course Details Assessment:100% coursework

1 08, 2022



LING7015 Pragmatics Dr. Leo Hoye MA Elective course. Sem 2Friday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: MB141 Course Description The course introduces students to linguistic and extralinguistic approaches to language use and the making of meaning, where the roles of language users, their interlocutors, and the contexts in and through which they act and use language are considered paramount. As a contextually-driven perspective on meaning, Pragmatics contrasts with Semantics which tends to focus on instances of language – linguistic expressions – that are abstracted from their real-world contexts of use. Topics to be explored include both canonical and current approaches to meaning [...]

19 07, 2021



LING7014 Language Structure in Context Dr. Kofi Yakpo MA Elective course. Sem 1Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pmVenue: RRST-4.04 Course Description This course introduces students to a specific language or group of languages on which the teacher concerned has conducted linguistic field work, laboratory or theoretical research. Topics cover the main areas of grammar and phonology of the language chosen for the course. The study of linguistic structure may be complemented with aspects of comparative linguistics, areal typology, language contact, socio-cultural, historical and geographical context. Course work may also cover aspects of the collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative [...]

21 07, 2020



LING7011 Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics Dr. Thomas van Hoey MA Elective course. Sem 2Tuesday, 3:00 pm – 5:50 pm Venue: ONLINE Course Description This course looks at language as a window into the mind. We want to know how language can be understood as a crossroads or interaction between the world and our minds. Our theme is meaning. Instead of focusing on a single theoretical framework aimed at encapsulating every aspect of language, like Optimality Theory or Generative Grammar, this course focuses on Cognitive Linguistics, a less rigid approach, which allows us to explore the myriad strategies to create and convey [...]

5 07, 2019



LING6032 Semantics Dr. Leo Hoye MA Elective course. Sem 1Thursday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: RRST-7.48 Course Description This course introduces students to the linguistic study of meaning. It focuses on the meaning of signs and the relation between signifiers and what they stand for. Topics to be examined include both traditional and current approaches to lexical and sentence meaning. The role of semantics in the language system will be addressed. Central problems and theoretical concepts of Semantics will be discussed, with illustration from a variety of languages. Course Details Assessment:100% coursework

6 08, 2018



LING7013 Language Emergence and Language Change Dr. Christophe Coupé MA Elective course. Sem 2 Monday, 10:30 am - 12:20 pm Venue: CPD-2.25, Centennial Campus Course Description How, when and why did the faculty of language emerge and evolve in our ancestors? How is it connected to the development of other cognitive abilities, of new behaviors and social interactions? These issues fuel today’s scientific investigations, but the question of how we came to communicate the way we do today has puzzled scholars for millennia, as evident from the legacy of ancient Greek and Chinese philosophers. In this course, we will paint a global picture [...]

6 02, 2018



LING6028 Topics in Language Acquisition Dr. Chin Lung Yang MA Elective course. Sem 2 Friday, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Venue: RRST-4.04 (except Jan 19 2024) Course Description The course introduces current linguistic approaches to language acquisition in bilingual and multilingual contexts. Topics will include the acquisition of Cantonese and English by bilingual children; acquisition of English as second language by Chinese speakers, and vice versa; and the acquisition of a third or additional language by bilinguals. The course is particularly suitable for those with some experience of language teaching. Course Details Assessment: 100% coursework

31 01, 2018



LING7012 Introduction to Data Science for Linguists Dr. Christophe Coupé MA Elective course. Sem 1 Wed, 9:30 am – 11:20 am Venue: CPD-2.25 Course Description This course offers students a detailed introduction to data science and its application to linguistic issues. It covers both theoretical aspects and methods, and assumes no strong background in mathematics or computer science. Following an introduction to data science, a number of statistical concepts and tools will be introduced and applied to linguistic data. Simple natural language processing (NLP) techniques will also be covered. Topics include: sampling, descriptive and inferential statistics, basic parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, regular [...]

20 12, 2017



LING6022 Reading Acquisition and Developmental Dyslexia Dr. Liu Chun Yin Ralph MA Elective course. Sem 2 Wednesday 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: ONLINE Course Description This course aims to provide a theoretical understanding of reading development and reading disorders in different writing systems, with a specific focus on alphabetic (English) and logographic (Chinese) writing systems. Through attending the course, students will be able to understand how different cognitive processes contribute to the development of skilled word reading and text comprehension and what problems children may encounter during the course of reading development. Effective treatment and instruction approaches will also be [...]

20 12, 2017



LING6021 Language Types and Universals Dr. Joe Perry MA Elective course. Sem 2 Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 3:20 pm; (CPD3.29) Thursday 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm (CPD-2.19) Course Description This course introduces linguistic typology as an approach to language structure based inductively on investigation of a wide range of languages.  It does not require prior knowledge of many languages, although some knowledge of a language such as German or Japanese is a useful asset.  The course includes applications of typology in the field of language acquisition. Course Details Assessment: 100% coursework.

20 12, 2017



LING6019 Grammar and Interaction Dr. Olivia Lam MA Elective course. Sem 2 Tuesday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: RRST-7.58 (for 20Feb, RRST- 9.62 ) Course Description This course introduces students to the recent advances in the study of the interface between linguistic structure (grammar) and human interaction (spontaneous communication).  It focuses on issues of the identity of basic interactional units and how syntax, prosody, semantics and conversational structure shape one another in naturally occurring talk. Topics include: Syntax of sentences in progress, Adverbial clauses in conversation, Repair and syntax, Conversational turns and their extension. Assessment: 100% coursework

20 12, 2017



LING7005 Grammar: Theories and Applications Dr. Olivia Lam MA Core course. Sem 1 Friday, 9:30 am – 12:20 pm Venue: ONLINE Course Description This course offers an in-depth study of recent advances in syntactic research. Theories of language and theories of grammar are first discussed, followed by a consideration of the methods with which syntactic structures and syntactic functions are handled in the major theoretical frameworks. The role of the lexicon in these theories is examined. It is shown how these contemporary theories find applications in areas such as language learning. Course Details Syllabus: N/A Assessment: 100% Coursework Tutorials: N/A

19 12, 2017



LING7004 Phonetics and Phonology Dr. Arthur Thompson MA Core course. Sem 1 Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Venue: CPD-LG.34 Course Description How do we know someone is speaking a different language? By the sound of it! This course introduces students to study of the sound system of language, both the physical aspects of language sounds (phonetics) and the cognitive properties of language sound systems (phonology). We look at both how sounds are produced in the mouth (articulatory phonetics) and properties of the sound signal (acoustics). We also explore the ways that sounds are organized in languages, to give each language [...]

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