Introduction to Language Sciences
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 Virgínia Topa Valentim, Mariana Rosa Moita Silva Ninitas, Maria do Céu Sernache Caetano Mocho, Joana Alexandra Vaz Teixeira
Weekly - 4
Total - 168
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)
an independent study on a specific topic / a take home exercise(20%), two written tests(80%)
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 American Studies
- Portuguese and German Studies
- Portuguese and Spanish Studies
- Portuguese and French Studies
- Portuguese and English Studies
- Licenciatura in Portuguese Studies
- Licenciatura in Translation