SOAS University of London

Department of Linguistics

Directed Readings in Linguistics/the Structure of Language A

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Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

The objective of this option is to provide the student with the opportunity to carry out study and research on a specific area of interest in greater depth and breadth than more traditional lecture-based courses permit. It enables the student to explore a specialised topic on which SOAS has staff with the required expertise, but for which there is no regular course. The student will thereby gain both an insight into research methodology and a deeper understanding of linguistics perspectives in particular in relation to the chosen topic.

Students wishing to take this option are required to contact the programme convenor and potential supervisors before enrolling, and submit to the supervisor a working title and a synopsis of 300 to 500 words of the proposed topic. They are normally expected to choose a topic that relates to the content of another course they are taking at SOAS. It must not be assumed that all proposals will be automatically approved.


Directed readings courses run for a total of one term with 3-6 contact hours per term. The student is expected to spend 2 hours per week on project work.

Scope and syllabus

The format of this option will to some extent vary in individual cases, but should normally consist of one-to-one tutorials between student and instructor. A reading list and project outline is agreed and progress is discussed.

Method of assessment

One essay of 5,000 words to be submitted on day 1, week 1, term 2 (100%).

Suggested reading

As determined by supervisor.


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