Introduction to Language Studies

Course Code: ELL103

Course Description: Language is central to human experience. This course provides a comprehensive overview of language origin, evolution of language as human faculty, and traces the history of English language in order to provide an idea how languages developed. The part on the history of the English language covers story of English language from beginning to the present. The course also includes a brief introduction of the history of linguistics with special reference to various schools of thought that have contributed significantly to the development of Linguistics.

This course is constructed under guidance of sir Ghulam Abbas, Lecturer, linguistics.

Course Objectives
This course aims to:
  • Give students a comprehensive overview of language as human faculty.
  • Familiarize students with different stories about the origin of language.
  • Provide students an overview of how a language develops through a comprehensive exposure to English language development.
  • Enable students to identify major theoretical formulations in the development of linguistics.

  • Course Contents
    Recommended Readings
    1. Bough, A.C. & Cable, T. (2002). A History of English Language. London: Prentice Hall, Inc. 28
    2. Campbell, L. (2001), ‘The history of linguistics’, in M. Aronoff and J. Rees-Miller (eds), The Handbook of Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, pp. 81-104.
    3. Joseph, J.E. (2002), From Whitney to Chomsky: essays in the history of American linguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
    4. Yule, George. (2006). The Study of Language: 4th/ 5th Edition, Cambridge University Press.

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