Introduction to Language Sciences - 1st semester
1. To recognize language as a cognitive activity;
2. To relate the concepts of ´language´ and ´languages´;
3. To acquire tools to describe natural languages;
4. To develop different tools to describe and analyse human languages;
5. To establish points of difference and similarity between languages;
6. To be aware of the interaction between Language Sciences and other areas of knowledge.
Helena Topa Valentim, Joana Alexandra Vaz Teixeira, Joana Batalha Marchão, Maria do Céu Caetano
Weekly - 4
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Akmajan, Adrian et al. 2010. Linguistics. An Introduction to Language and Communication. Cambridge (Mass.): The MIT Press, 6th ed.
Aronoff, Mark & Janie Rees-Miller (eds). 2003. The Handbook of Linguistics. MA/Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Crystal, David. 2010. A Little book of Language. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.
Duarte, Inês. 2000. Língua Portuguesa. Instrumentos de análise. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.
Fromkin, Victoria; Robert Rodman & Nina Hyams.  2007. An Introduction to Language. Belmont: Thomson Wadsworth.
Mateus, Maria Helena M. & Alina Villalva. 2006. O Essencial sobre Linguística. Lisboa: Caminho.
Pullum, Geoffrey K. 2018. Linguistics: Why It Matters. Medford (USA): Polity Press.
The course will include a balanced combination of theoretical and practical classes. A detailed schedule will be handed out to the students at the beginning of the semester.
Teaching Language: Portuguese (one class taught in English- Class F)
As learning assessment, students are required to take two in-class tests, worth 80% of the overall grade, and to complete an independent study on a specific topic / a take home exercise, which will have a weighting of 20%.
1. Language as a cognitive activity: speaking / listening / understanding;
1.1 The origins of language: from non-linguistic to linguistic evidence;
1.2 How and why do we speak: the language faculty;
2. Language manifestations: verbal language and sign language;
3. Natural languages: levels of linguistic analysis;
3.1 The sounds of language: Phonetics & Phonology;
3.2 The structure of words: Morphology;
3.3 The structure of sentences: Syntax;
3.4 The study of meaning: Semantics;
4. Interdisciplinary approaches in Language Sciences.
Programs where the course is taught:
- Spanish and German Studies
- French and German Studies
- French and Spanish Studies
- English and German Studies
- English and Spanish Studies
- English and French Studies
- English and North-American Studies
- Portuguese and German Studies
- Portuguese and Spanish Studies
- Portuguese and French Studies
- Portuguese and English Studies
- Bachelor in Portuguese Studies
- Bachelor in Translation