Checking date: 28/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

General Linguistics
Study: Bachelor in Humanities (213)

Coordinating teacher: PAVON LUCERO, MARIA VICTORIA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Humanities: Philosophy, Language, Literature Theory

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities

The student will be able to: 1. Know and understand the main properties of human language. 2. Know the basic principles of linguistic variation. 3. Understand how languages are classified. 4. Identify prejudicies about language, particular languages and their varieties. 5. Know the main linguistic theories developed in the last three centuries. 6. Know the different areas of linguistic analysis. 7. Analize linguistic data and be able to use them in a linguistic argumentation.
Description of contents: programme
1. Language as a human faculty . 1.1. The internal architecture of languages. 1.2. Properties of human language versus other animal communication systems. 1.3. Origins and acquisition of language. 1.4. Language and brain. 2. Linguistic variety 2.1. Interlinguistic variation. Classification of languages. Linguistic ecology and sustainability. 2.2. Language universals and cultural relativism. 2.3. Intralinguistic variation. Variation and change in languages. 3. Problems and methods in linguistic studies. 3.1. Linguistic studies from 19th century until present time. 3.2. Adequacy, argumentation and explanation in the study of languages 4. Levels of linguistic analysis.
Learning activities and methodology
The course will consist of Master Classes in which the main theoretical topic of the subject will be presented, and Tutorial Classes where learning activities such as the following will be conducted: - Comments on the course Reading and related activities. - Group work on different theoretical aspects of the course and the presentation of the result. - Exercises to be solved individually. Moreover, students will be expected to conduct the following autonomous activities: to complete the reading assignments indicated in Master Classes, to participate in the preparation of the group work to be presented in Tutorial Classes, and to individually prepare the exercises prior to each tutorial session.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Basic Bibliography
  • ESCANDELL VIDAL, M.ª VICTORIA (COORD) ET AL.. Claves del lenguaje humano. Madrid, Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces. 2014.
  • ESCANDELL VIDAL, Mª VICTORIA (COORD.) ET AL.. El lenguaje humano. Madrid, Editorial Universitaria Ramón Areces, 2009.
  • MORENO CABRERA, JUAN CARLOS. Cuestiones clave de la lingüística. Madrid, Síntesis. 2013
  • YULE, GEORGE: . El lenguaje, 3ª ed., . Madrid, Akal, 2007..
Additional Bibliography
  • ALONSO-CORTÉS, ÁNGEL: . Lingüística, Madrid, . Cátedra, 2002..
  • BALLESTER,XAVERIO. Las primeras palabras de la humanidad. Valencia, Eds. Tilde. 2002
  • BOSQUE, IGNACIO y VIOLETA DEMONTE (eds.): . Gramática descriptiva de la lengua española, . Madrid, Espasa Calpe, 1999..
  • BRIZ GÓMEZ, ANTONIO. Guía de comunicación no sexista. Aguilar-Instituto Cervantes. 2011
  • CHOMSKY, NOAM: . El lenguaje y los problemas del conocimiento, 2ª ed., . Madrid, Visor, 1992.
  • CRYSTAL, DAVID. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 3ª ed.. Cambridge University Press. 2010
  • CRYSTAL, DAVID. La muerte de las lenguas, Cambridge University Press. Cambridge University Press. 2013
  • CRYSTAL, DAVID: . Enciclopedia del lenguaje de la Universidad de Cambridge,. Madrid, Taurus, 1994 ..
  • GENETTI, CAROL (ED.). How languages work. An Introduction to Language and Linguistics. Cambridge University Press. 2014
  • GEOFFREY K. PULLUM. The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax and Other Irreverent Essays on the Study of Language. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press. 1991
  • Hernández Esteban, Mireia. Lingüística Forense Básica. Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch. 2016
  • KENNEALLY, CHRISTINE. La primera palabra: la búsqueda de los orígenes del lenguaje. Madrid, Alianza. 2009
  • KRAMSCH, CLAIRE: . Language and Culture, . Oxford University Press, . 1998.
  • MORENO CABRERA, JUAN CARLOS. Curso universitario de Lingüística General, 2ª ed.. Madrid, Síntesis. 2000
  • MORENO CABRERA, JUAN CARLOS. Introducción a la Lingüística. Enfoque tipológico y universalista, 2ª ed.. Madrid, Síntesis. 2004
  • MORENO CABRERA, JUAN CARLOS. El nacionalismo lingüístico. Una ideología destructiva. Barcelona, Atalaya. 2008
  • MORENO CABRERA, JUAN CARLOS: . Diccionario de lingüística neológico y multilingüe, . Madrid, Síntesis, 1998..
  • MORENO CABRERA, JUAN CARLOS: La dignidad e igualdad de las lenguas. Crítica de la discriminación lingüística, Madrid, Alianza, 2000.. La dignidad e igualdad de las lenguas. Crítica de la discriminación lingüística, Madrid, Alianza, 2000.. Madrid, Alianza, 2000. 2000
  • McGREGOR, WILLLIAM B.. Linguistics: An Introduction. Bloomsbury Academic. 2ª ed., 2015
  • O¿GRADY, WILLIAM. Cómo aprenden los niños el lenguaje, trad. de A. Benítez Burraco. Madrid, Akal. 2010
  • ROWE, BRUCE M. y DIANE P. LEVINE. A Concise Introduction to Linguistics.. Pearson. 2006
  • SAUSSURE, FERDINAND DE: . Curso de lingüística general, . Madrid, Losada, 2002..
  • Valero-Garcés, Carmen. Lingüística forense, contextos, teoría y práctica. Madrid: Edisofer. 2018
  • Wolfe, Tom. El reino del lenguaje. Madrid, Anagrama. 2018

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.