Linguistics Syllabus    


Teaching Unit


Coefficient: 1

Credit: 2

Level: Second year


Weekly time:


Aims and Objectives:

ü  Developing the students’ knowledge of major linguistic theories.

ü  Acquaint students with different aspects of language and how they can be studied.

ü  Teach students some of the tools and techniques used in the analysis of language and to develop their reasoning abilities by the application of these tools

ü  Tracing the progress of linguistics over the decades.

Learning Outcomes:

–          Students can draw a background on linguistic studies and its theories.

–          Acquire the technical vocabulary and theoretical tools of the field, necessary to read published linguistic research.

–          Students will be able to collect, organize and analyze linguistic data from diverse languages, to form hypotheses about language structure/use and to test those hypotheses against new data.

–          Students can develop knowledge on how to apply different tools and techniques used in the analysis of language.


Born, R. (2005). Leonard Bloomfield. In P. Strazny (Ed.), Encyclopedia of linguistics (pp. 143-145). New York: Fitzroy Dearborn.

Fasold, R. W., & Connor-Linton, J. (2006). An introduction to language and linguistics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Hartmann, R. R., & Stork, F. C. (1972). Dictionary of language and linguistics. New York: Wiley.

Thomas, O. P. (1965). Transformational grammar and the teacher of English. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn.

Wilkins, D. A. (1972). Linguistics in language teaching.Cambridge: MIT Press.

Course Content
First Semester
       I.            Structural Linguistics

1.      European Structuralism

Ø  Ferdinand de Saussure’s View of Language

Ø  Saussure’s Dichotomies

Ø  Structural Schools in Europe

2.      American Structuralism

Ø  Features of American Structuralism

Ø  Leonard Bloomfield

Ø  Immediate Constituent Analysis

Ø  Criticism of ICA



    II.            Post-Bloomfieldianism

1.      Tagmemics

2.      Systemic Grammar

3.      StratificationalGrammar

4.      Distributionalism


End of Semester I

First Examination

Second Semester
 III.            Transformational Generative Grammar

1.      Origins

2.      Criticism of Structural Linguistics

3.      Concepts and Principles of TGG

4.      Methodology of TGG

o   Classical Theory

o   Standard Theory

5.      Criticism of TGG



 IV.            Introduction to Sociolinguistics

    V.            Redefining Competence

 VI.            The Speech Act Theory

VII.            Introduction to Psycholinguistics


End of Semester II

Second Examination

Assessment and Evaluation
Continuous Assessment (50%)

ü  Quiz and(written assignments at class, 15/15)

ü  Attendance: 5/5

                      Final Assessment (50%)

ü  Exam 20/20