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English Language

Welcome to English Language at Aston University!

Congratulations on having chosen English Language as your programme - we will do our best to make the next few years an exciting, challenging, invaluable and unforgettable experience. To keep in touch with the latest news and events within the School follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Our degree programme will introduce you to some cutting edge research and applications of knowledge about English language that we engage in, whilst giving you a firm general grounding in the subject, on which you can later build your own interests. 

First Year Modules

In Year 1, you will study introductory modules designed to provide you with the necessary grasp of a range of linguistic principles that will enable you to specialise further in your second and third years.

The core first term modules are:

  • LE1004 Across Time & Space

  • LE1007 Words & Meaning

  • LE1012 Language in Society

Recommended Reading

If you would like to do some reading in preparation for your studies in English Language here we recommend the following books:

This is a core text for Language in Society and is also relevant to several of our other first year modules:

  • Montgomery, Martin. 2008. An Introduction to Language & Society (3rd edition). London: Routledge.
  • Davenport, M. and Hannahs, S.J. 'Introducing phonetics and phonology', London : Hodder Education

The following books will also provide core readings on Across Time & Space and Words & Meaning:

  • McIntyre, Dan. 2009 History of English: A resource book for students. Abingdon: Routledge.

  • Singleton David. 2000. Language and the Lexicon. London: Arnold; New York: OUP.

A couple of recommended readings: 

  • Cook, Guy (2003) Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Culpeper, J. et. al. (ed.) (2009) English Language: Description, Variation and Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave.

You can either purchase these books ahead of time or buy them at the Aston bookshop when you arrive on campus. There are copies of these books in the Library, but you will find it useful to have your own copy. In addition, you will receive a full reading list and suggestions for guided reading each week from your module tutors. 

Online Resources

  • The Centre for Forensic Linguistics, based at Aston, is the first of its type in the world. It combines leading-edge research and investigative forensic practice; and reflects our world-leading expertise in this dynamic new area of linguistic investigation.

  • You may also be interested in browsing the webpages of two other Aston Research Centres that reflect other areas of our linguistic expertise:

    • InterLanD – Interdisciplinary Research in Language and Diversity.
    • Acorn – Aston Corpus Network.
  • If you want to start exploring two of the areas we will be studying as part of your first year grounding in English Language, you might like to visit the blog of one of the world’s leading scholars in global and internet English. For David Crystal’s blog Click here.

  • The BBC Voices website is an excellent – and often entertaining – resource for investigating accent, dialect and language change.

  • A report on Aston's Head of English Dr Judith Baxter's research on the Guardian website.

  • An interview with Dr Judith Baxter.

  • A frequently updated news aggregator on language, society and law run by Dr Tim Grant of the Centre for Forensis Linguistics.

  • One of the best blogs devoted to language run by a group of mostly US academics.

Three inspiring presentations from the TED website:

We look forward to welcoming you in September!

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