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  • Objectives
    The School of English Studies at Nottingham has long been in the forefront of research and teaching in the interface between language, literature and culture. This web-based MA in Literary Linguistics provides an exciting integration of English language in literary studies. You will work with several leading world figures in the course of discovering your own position in language and literature: the programme covers a wide range of material, with options to develop your own thinking and pursue your own interests and research. The principle of language study that we have established at Nottingham combines theoretical and ideological dimensions with practical applications; we aim to be rigorous and principled while offering an approach to literary language study that is fundamentally humane. We will explore the discourses of literary texts and literary reading, from the most focused study of the texture of language right up to the ideological and cultural practices of world literatures. We believe that linguistics and literary study cannot be separated, and we aim to turn you into a creative-thinking interdisciplinary expert in literary linguistics.
  • Academic Title
    MA Literary Linguistics by Web Based Distance Learning
  • Course description
    Course Content
    The web-based MA in Literary Linguistics is taught using the latest advances in online teaching methods and electronic resources.

    The course explores the ways in which language and literary studies can be integrated. It draws on different contemporary approaches to language and discourse from the fields of modern linguistics, cognitive science and related fields. It covers a diverse range of poetry, prose and drama, and also offers contrastive study of non-literary discourse, including spoken language.

    Many of the modules on this course are optional and currently cover topics such as:

    • Descriptive Linguistic Analysis
    • The Teaching of Language and Literature
    • Narratology
    • Literary Linguistics
    • Language and Gender

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    Towards the end of this course, you will complete a supervised dissertation. This is a major piece of advanced independent research, which you will undertake with the supervision of a specialist in your chosen area. We will provide you with advice and guidance while you select and refine your area of study, and offer close supervision and support as you complete your research and your MA.

    Course Structure
    This course can be taken part-time over 24 to 48 months.

    The MA begins with a preparation in Descriptive Linguistic Analysis (30 credits) followed by a further 90 credits in optional modules (which can be begun at any time of the year and completed as quickly or as slowly as required within guidelines).

    A 60-credit dissertation completes the MA.

    Course materials and teaching for this course are available over the Internet.
    All taught modules are assessed by written work of around 3,000 words or equivalent (for a 15-credit module). Tutors provide feedback on practice exercises as preparation, and detailed comments on assignments.

    The dissertation module is assessed by written work of 12,000 - 15,000 words.

    You will have access to many online resources, as well as your own personal tutor for each module that you take. Particular features of the programme include:

    • a theoretical grounding in research methodology and linguistic description
    • one-to-one tuition with expert members of staff
    • an online discussion board and forum
    • innovative and engaging teaching methods
    • access to many online resources
    • great flexibility in course content, optionality, and changes in direction.

    All MA students in the School of English Studies join a lively and thriving postgraduate community. As such, you will be invited to attend a voluntary `Weekend-School` each summer, giving you a chance to meet other students in the School face-to-face

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