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ENGL1047 - The English lexicon
Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm , CRT-4.04
Thursday , 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm , CRT-4.04
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.

*The first class will be held on 7th September (Monday).

The term ‘lexicon’ refers to a wordlist or dictionary. It can also mean ‘vocabulary’, which denotes all the words of a language, or ‘one’s vocabulary’, sometimes referred to as ‘the mental lexicon’. But what counts as a word in English? Are forms like driver’s liability insurance indivisible, or can we identify constituent parts? Have these forms always been part of the English language or did they come about at different historical moments? How do words, or so-called ‘entries’ in the lexicon, relate to other words in meaning? How do speakers access their mental lexicon when they talk? This course will approach some of these questions from a variety of perspectives, including synchronic and diachronic linguistics, psycholinguistics, and lexicography.

 

Topics may include

Lexical semantics; morphology; semantics and pragmatics; word learning; word associations and collocations; phraseology

 

Objectives

This course will offer a very broad introduction to the linguistic and lexicographic study of lexical units in English. It will familiarize students with key concepts employed in the subdisciplines of linguistics which are relevant to the analysis and description of such units, as well as the way they are learned and used.

 

Organization

The course comprises of lectures and tutorials.

 

Assessment

Attendance and participation (e.g. group discussions, presentations) 25%
Quizzes 25%
Essay 50%

 

Texts

Suggested readings will be provided throughout the course.


Instructor(s)
Semester
2020-2021 First Semester
Credits
6.00
Contact Hours per week
3
Form of Assessment
100% coursework
Time
Monday , 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm , CRT-4.04
Thursday , 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm , CRT-4.04
Prerequisite
A minimum Level 5 in English Language HKDSE exam, or an equivalent score in another recognized English proficiency test.