English Linguistics - A Themes Course

15 credits

In this course, different kinds of changes in language are addressed, for example, changes in phonology, semantics and syntax. The course also covers linguistic manners of describing and explaining these changes. Changes currently in progress will be studied and placed in a social and communicative context. Particular emphasis is placed on carrying out corpus-based studies of linguistic variation and change.

In this course, the use of the English language on the Internet is also addressed, i.e., computer-attained discourse. During the course, students will gather and compile their own corpus of computer-attained material, familiarize themselves with various analytical methods and apply these on an analysis of computer-attained discourse. Particular emphasis is placed on reading and critically reviewing scholarly articles. Oral and written presentations will be used for training the use of linguistic theories and methods.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.