Introduction to Linguistic Studies II
Cod: 51022
Department: DH
Scientific area: Linguistics
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

On this curricular unit, we propose to reflect upon general Linguistics, namely the importance of Chomsky’s proposals.
Then, we will focus on the different levels of linguistic analysis: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics. Some methodologies of anaysis, which are specific of each of these levels, will be presented.
Finally, we will reflect upon language change.

  1. Linguistics 
  2. Competence and performance
  3. Levels of linguistic analysis
  4. Language change

At the end of the semester, students must be able:
• to understand the relevance of Chomsky’s proposals on contemporay Linguistics;
• to classify linguistic phenomena according to their levels of linguistic analysis (Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics);
• to use methods of description and analysis which are specific of these levels of linguistic analysis;
• to present original examples of language change phenomena (on each of the levels of linguistic analysis). PART – LINGUISTICS AND VERBAL LANGUAGE
THEME 1 – Chomsky’s original proposals

THEME 2 – Phonetics and Phonology
Phonetics and Phonology methods of anaysis
THEME 3 – Morphology and Syntax
Morphology and Syntax methods of anaysis
THEME 4 – Semantics and Pragmatics
Semantics and Pragmatics methods of anaysis

THEME 5 – Language change

SILVA, Paulo Nunes da (2010), Manual de Introdução aos Estudos Linguísticos (available at the curricular unit page on Moodle platform).

Note: Other references will be presented during the semester for each subject.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).