On the first part of this curricular unit, several basic theoretical Linguistics concepts are presented, focusing on the object of this discipline, and on the main proposals both by Saussure and by Chomsky.
On the second part, the most relevant issues on the different levels of linguistic analysis (i.e. Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics) are discussed, namely their object of study, their central concepts and several methodologies of language analysis.
Finally, on the third part, linguistic change and linguistic variation are the main issues. The approach combines theoretical description and the analysis of Portuguese examples.