This course aims to provide a well-structured knowledge base for the systematic study of English Linguistics from current synchronic and diachronic perspectives. You will gain appropriate research-based skills (intellectual and practical) to enable you to conduct team-based and independent research projects. In recognition of the variation inherent in undergraduate curricula, this course allows you to build on your existing knowledge while you are acquiring a foundation in a broad range of linguistic methodologies and approaches.
The course will help you to develop an independent approach to learning whereby you will become increasingly responsible for organising your own study and formulating individual research questions. This process will be invaluable if you decide to proceed to PhD-level research, but you will also be able to develop transferable skills in written and spoken communication, and in the collection, analysis and evaluation of data of many kinds and from many sources.
Your ability to present and use this data effectively in response to research questions will be invaluable in many professional settings. We will also be developing your ability to reflect critically on the knowledge and understanding you have gained as well as on your own learning and communication skills.