Singapore University of Social Sciences

Understanding Components of Language

Understanding Components of Language (ELG103)

Applications Open: 01 April 2022

Applications Close: 31 May 2022

Next Available Intake: July 2022

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Linguistics and Languages

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


Understanding the fundamentals of linguistic analysis begins with an exploration of the nature of language and the academic ways of thinking about issues relating to language structure and use. Students will learn about the basic units and systems of language – from sound to word to meaning to grammatical systems. As this course does not presuppose any prior knowledge of linguistics, it will allow students to explore the intricacies of language systems and at the same time giving students enough background to cover the topics in more advanced courses.

Level: 1
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done MAINLY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. This is supplemented with SOME face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • What Is Language?
  • Morphology and Word Classes
  • Syntax Form
  • Syntax: Function
  • Phonetics and Phonology
  • Semantics

Learning Outcome

  • Recognize the fundamental ways language is structured
  • Identify basic ways of doing linguistic analyses
  • Identify basic ways of doing linguistic analyses Phonetics and Phonology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Demonstrate basic skills for performing linguistic analyses
  • Explain the ways that language is structured
  • Apply insights about language and its use to new data
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