EKIP2001 Introduction to Language Study (4 cr)

Study level:
Basic studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course aims to offer an overview and introduction to linguistic description of the English language at various levels.

Completion methods

Tutorials (83% attendance required): class, group and pair work; assignments and study of the course material, two home exams

Minor students who have taken an equivalent course in their major are offered the opportunity to take the home exam without attending the course to show their skills.

Open University: contact teaching, web-based tasks, learning assignments, an exam or a combination of these (methods of study will be specified in the annual teaching programme before the start of each academic year).

Assessment details

Home exams, active participation in class

Open University: Active participation (100% attendance usually required). Learning assignments or an exam.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course students will be able to

- view language as a research subject
- identify various research areas (e.g. general and applied linguistics) and research orientations (e.g. language and society) in linguistics
- recognise the central levels of linguistic description (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, pragmatics) and the basic terminology related to them
- apply basic linguistic terms and analysis into English and describe the basics of English as a system
- understand how knowledge of linguistics is related to building their own profiles of language expertise.

Description of prerequisites


Study materials

- Course booklet (either on paper or in Optima).
- Course book: Yule, G. (2014). The Study of Language (5th edition). Cambridge: CUP.


  • Yule, G. (2014). The Study of Language (5th edition). Cambridge: CUP.

Completion methods

Method 1

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Parts of the completion methods
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