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English Word Formation

Vak 2013-2014

Admission requirements

Introductory (BA-level) courses in (English) syntax and (English) phonology. If in doubt, consult the course tutor before registering.

Description

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?

Course objectives

  • 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.

Timetable

The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Course Load

  • 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

Assessment Method

  • Oral presentation and classroom participation 20%
  • Final written essay 80%

Blackboard

This course is not supported by Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Plag, Ingo (2003). Word Formation in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • A selection of recent articles (to be made available)

Registration

Students should register through uSis. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail ma-linguistics@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

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Contact

MA Linguistics departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; ma-linguistics@hum.leidenuniv.nl.