Introduction to Linguistics Suggestion for 3rd Year

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Introduction to Linguistics (Paper Code: 1178)

2014 Suggestion for Introduction to Linguistics (Paper Code:  1178)

 Marks: 100 Credits: 4 Class Hours: 60

The course introduces students to fundamentals of Linguistics.

It covers:

  1. Definition and characteristics of language,
  2. Basic concepts in Linguistics: Langue and Parole, Syntagmatic and
    Paradigmatic perspectives of language, Competence and performance
  3. Consonant and vowel sounds in English, Basic Rules of elision and assimilation, Stress and intonation
  4. Morphology: Free and Bound Morphemes, Word formation rules
  5. Syntax: Sentence Construction Rules, Deep and Surface Structure
  6. Psycholinguistics: Child language development; theories of second language acquisition
  7. Sociolinguistics: Language varieties, Language and society, Language and culture; Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis



  1. What is Language?***
  2. What are the properties of language?***
  3. What are the features of language? ***
  4. What are the origins of language?
  5. What is displacement?
  6. How is language a tool of cultural transmission?
  7. What is the openness of language?
  8. How is language productive and creative?
  9. What is language according to Saussure?
  10. Language is species specific to humans. Explain.
  11. Discuss the differences between language, langue and parole?
  12. Write a short note on animal communication.
  13. Distinguish between human language and animal communication.
  14. Distinguish between a sign and a symbol.**
  15. Language is a system of systems. Explain.**

Basic concepts in Linguistics:

  1. What is linguistics?
  2. What are the levels of linguistics?********
  3. What are the branches of linguistics?
  4. Distinguish between competence and performance.*****
  5. What is linguistic performance?
  6. Discuss the Syntagmatic and Paradigmatic perspectives of language.****
  7. What is sign?
  8. What is phonetics?
  9. What are the branches of phonetics?
  10. What is phonology?
  11. What are the differences between phonetics and phonology?****
  12. Differentiate between phone, phoneme, and allophone.****
  13. What is neutralization?
  14. What is pragmatics?
  15. What is Semantics?
  16. Distinguish between semantics and pragmatics.*****
  17. What does syntax study?
  18. What is Folk linguistics?
  19. What are synchronic and diachronic axes?****
  20. What is paradigmatic and syntactic relation?
  21. Who is Leonard Bloomfield?
  22. Who is Avram Noam Chomsky?


Consonant and vowel sounds in English:

  1. What are the branches of phonetics?
  2. What is voicing?
  3. What is elision?****
  4. What is phoneme?
  5. What is IPA?
  6. How many vowel sounds are there in English?
  7. What is stress? Describe its nature and levels.*****
  8. What is tone? Explain the different types of tone.
  9. What is pitch?
  10. What are contractions?
  11. What is a monophthong?
  12. What is a cardinal vowel?
  13. What are short vowels?
  14. What is dipthong? Classify English dipthongs. *****
  15. What are the long and short vowel sounds?
  16. Classify English consonant phonemes according to place of articulation.***** 100%
  17. IPA transcription of words.
  18. Describe the positions and functions of the different articulators we use to produce speech sounds.
  19. What is a consonant? Make a list of and exemplify the English consonant phonemes.
  20. What are plosives?
  21. What are fricatives?
  22. What are affricates?
  23. What are nasals?
  24. What is lenis?
  25. What is fortis?
  26. What is a syllable?



  1. What is morpheme? Classify morphemes.
  2. What is morphology?
  3. What is irregular alternants?
  4. What is suppletive?
  5. What is zero-alomorph?


  1. What is syntax? Explain the major syntactic processes.
  2. Discuss IC Analysis and determine its limitations.
  3. What is PS Grammar? Assertain its weakness.
  4. What are the differences between deep structure and surface structure?
  5. What is the TG? Discuss the organization of the TG.
  6. Differentiate between transactional and interactional functions f language.



  1. What is psycholinguistics?
  2. Explain the nativists theory of Noam Chomsky for language acquisition.
  3. Explain telegraphic speech.
  4. Show different stages of child language development.
  5. Make a comparative study of the behaviourist theory and the innatist theory.
  6. What is the monitor model?
  7. What is the Universal Grammar theory?
  8. What is the acculturation theory?
  9. What is CPH?
  10. What is LAD?


  1. What is sociolinguistics? Discuss its brief history.
  2. Discuss how language and society exist together.*****
  3. Determine the relations between language and culture.*****
  4. What is borrowing?
  5. Discuss and differentiate between code-switching and code-mixing.
  6. What is diglossia?**
  7. What is bilingualism**?
  8. Write an account of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis.***
  9. What is code?
  10. What is isogloss?

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Note: The above suggestion is prepared by Abadat Hossain, Lecturer, Dept. of English,
Tejgaon College, Dhaka. 



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