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ENG701 English linguistics 2

Course description for academic year 2024/2025

Contents and structure

Linguistics 2 is an independent course building on Linguistics 1. In grammar, there is a focus on more complex syntactic structures, with special attention given to word order and dependent clauses. Selected word classes (both functional and lexical) will be discussed in detail. Linguistics 2 also gives further insight into English phonetics, including word and sentence stress as well as intonation. The course gives an introduction to different varieties of English. In addition, there will be a focus on the history of the English language, including English as a global language.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course, the student should have the following overall learning outcomes:


The student

  • has extensive knowledge of principles of word order in English, as well as structure and functions of dependent clauses.
  • has detailed knowledge of word classes and their grammatical functions.
  • has knowledge about word and sentence stress as well as intonation in English.
  • has knowledge about the history of the English language, as well as the role of English as a global language.
  • has knowledge of different varieties of English.


The student

  • is able to analyse more complex sentence structures and demonstrate a good command of grammatical terminology.
  • is able to describe and demonstrate the principles and function of word and sentence stress and intonation.
  • is able to describe and discuss the history of the English language as well as the role of English as a global language.
  • is able to distinguish between and describe different varieties of English.
  • is able to use English well orally and in writing according to context and recipient, including in academic texts.
  • is able to apply knowledge of the system of language in his/her own linguistic development.

General competence

The student

  • has the ability to develop his/her own linguistic and general English competence
  • has insight into relevant topics within English grammar, phonetics and language history
  • has the ability to plan and carry out individual assignments in accordance with academic requirements and principles
  • has the ability to communicate orally and written in English according to context and recipient, including academic texts

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

ENG501 Linguistics 1 or equivalent.

Teaching methods

This is a fully online course. The course is divided into four modules, with varied teaching and learning activities. Most of the learning activities are asynchronous, while some sessions of discussion, cooperation and student activity are synchronous. Examples include lectures, group work via online conferences and discussion forum, digital learning resources and tasks, written and oral assignments, supervision and student organised study groups, and independent studies.

Compulsory learning activities

The following mandatory learning activities must be approved for the student to qualify for the exam:

  • Portfolio assessment with 4 components

The learning activities must be completed by the specified deadlines.


Individual digital oral exam, 30 minutes.

Grading scale: A-F, where F corresponds to fail.

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