Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

English Linguistics - 1st and 2nd semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Teacher in charge

Alexandra Fiéis, Joana Alexandra Vaz Teixeira

Weekly hours


Teaching language



By the end of this course, students should be able to:
(1) Know specific aspects of the syntax and semantics of English in a comparative perspective.
(2) Know specific aspects of the phonology and morphology of English in a comparative perspective.
(3) Master theoretical tools for the linguistic analysis of English data.
(4) Recognize linguistic aspects of different varieties of English.



Subject matter

1. English Phonetics and Phonology
1.1. the sounds of English: representation and articulatory classification
1.2. phonemes, free and contextual variants
1.3. phonological processes
1.4. prosodic properties: syllable, stress and intonation
2. English Morphology
2.1. morphological structure of words: morphemes and their variants
2.2. inflection and derivation
2.3. word formation and lexical creation processes
2.4. word classes and subclasses
3. English syntax
3.1. phase structure: constituents, categories, functions
3.2. lexical and functional categories and word order
3.3. simple and complex sentences
3.4. double object constructions
3.5. interrogative and relative contructions
3.6. passive and subject raising constructions
4. Language and variation
4.1. from Indo-European to English
4.2. English worldwide
4.3. dialect variation in English
4.4. languages in contact: English-based pidgins and creoles


CRYSTAL, David (2002). The English Language. Penguin Books.
FINEGAN, Edward (2012). Language. Its Structure and Use. Thomson Wadsworth (6th edition).
FROMKIN, Victoria, Robert RODMAN, Nina HYAMS (2010). An Introduction to Language. Thomson Wadsworth.
QUIRK, Randolph, Sidney GREENBAUM, Geoffrey LEECH & Jan SVARTVIK (1985). A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. Pearson (Reprint edition 2010).
SVARTVIK, Jan & Geoffrey LEECH (2006). English. One Tongue, Many Voices. Palgrave Macmillan.

Teaching method

In class teaching

Class D will be taught in English.

Evaluation method

Two short written assignments (50%); one final written test (50%).