This is a challenging and engaging course for anyone interested in finding out how language ’works’. It is essentially a course in applied linguistics: the ‘science’ of English. You will study contemporary language issues and ‘live texts’ rather than complete books.
Over the two year linear course, you will study social, historical, geographical and individual varieties of English, including the study of child language acquisition, language change and gender. You will also undertake an independent investigation of language use, where you will negotiate your own area of research and produce some original writing of your own.