M.Litt. in English Language and Linguistics

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Language and Cognition

In Language and Cognition, we explore the complex interfaces and relationships between language, the brain and cognition.


We address a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: Language Acquisition (lexical acquisition and grammatical acquisition); Language in the Mind (conceptual structure and representation, language universals, linguistic relativity); Usage and  Grammar (cognitive grammar, construction grammar, reanalysis and grammaticalisation, language change); Figurative Language (metaphor, metonymy, theories of conceptual blending).


The module will provide an important foundation for other option modules in related areas, most notably Evolutionary Linguistics and Sociolinguistics and Varieties of English.


Available as an option module in Autumn 2013. Module convenor: Andrew Smith.