Theory, Model, Method
The module will deal with questions like: How do linguists, as language scientists, build up and formulate their theories when describing and explaining What is human language and how language works according to the Scientific standards? What kind of data (See Data and Theories) would they examine? How do they analyse the data? What kind of methods and techniques of gathering data would they apply? What does it mean to "account for" the data with a theory (See Linguistic Theories and Models)?
This module is designed to deal with preliminary issues and a rather narrow range of topics. In no way does it attempt to give an overview of the field as a whole. And it can be worked through at the beginning of the whole ELLO course or during the other modules.
All the modules of General Linguistics are divided into 3 areas: focus and content, exercises and tools & extras. Use the various short texts and attached exercises in each module in addition to your textbooks and make use of our extensive annotated reading lists and tools to improve your knowledge according to your needs. Each of the subfields in the area focus and content is linked to exercises in three degrees of difficulty. You can either work through the texts and attached exercises in the given order or you can move on directly to the area exercises to improve your skills where necessary.