Language and Communication
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleLET-CIWB157-IBC
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB1 (First year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Arts; Communication and Information Studies;
dr. U. Nederstigt
Other course modules lecturer
dr. U. Nederstigt
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Contactperson for the course
dr. U. Nederstigt
Other course modules lecturer
dr. U. Nederstigt
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Academic year2023
PER 1-PER 2  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksAccessible to exchange students (maximum 30).
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of the course the student will be able to:
  • Describe and analyse communication from the perspective of different linguistic disciplines such as phonology and pragmatics;
  • Review how language choices influence the success of communication.
  • Formulate a research idea based on the topics taught in this course.
Language is a complex system that involves a number of different linguistic processes. Successful communication is subject to these different processes; it may depend on the correct pronunciation or grammar, the use of the relevant vocabulary, but also the use of appropriate conventions in different contexts. The description and analysis of communication at various levels involve a basic knowledge of these linguistic processes, their theoretical backgrounds and the terminology to describe them. In this course, students will study the different linguistic processes of the language system at different levels, such as the sound, word, sentence, text or discourse. The course provides student with the tools to be able to describe language and communication and analyse the way in which language works in different communicative situations. Based on the knowledge acquired in this lecture, students develop research ideas for the different areas of linguistics discusses. One of these research ideas will be used in the second semester course on Research Methodology as research assignment.

Presumed foreknowledge
Accessible to minor students from the Faculty of Arts. Accessible to minorstudents from other faculties (Max. 25 students) and to exchange students (Max. 30 students). 

Note for exchange students: you cannot take this course if your English proficiency level is not at least B2 (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC or Cambridge). A statement from your home university won't be accepted.
Test information


Required materials
Title:An introduction to language and linguistics
Author:Fasold, R. W., & Connor-Linton, J. (Eds.)
Publisher:Cambridge University Press (2014)

Instructional modes
Lecture and tutorial
Attendance MandatoryYes

Written exam
Test weight70
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade

Note to exchange students: it is not possible to take the written exam at a different time or place.

Research Proposal
Test weight30
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade

Test weight0
Test typeProject
OpportunitiesBlock PER 2, Block PER 3

Minimum grade