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MS / MPhil English

MS/MPhil English

Areas of specialization
This programme contributes to three major areas of English studies: applied linguistics, pure linguistics and literature.
  • A dissertation in applied linguistics will be supported by courses of linguistics that encompass schools of thought of language, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, translation studies, language planning, bi- and multilingualism, variation in language and contemporary theories.
  • While a pure linguistics dissertation will have support courses of structural and functional linguistics, systemic functional grammar, stylistics, lexicology, levels of language and fundamental concepts and theories.
  • An enquiry into literature will be nurtured by courses of literary and critical theory, discourse studies of contemporary literature, and classic and modern textual analysis.
Faculty and Research
The faculty of English at Air University, Islamabad, comprises of highly educated, talented and experienced members with specializations in diverse areas of English studies. The current faculty members are either PhDs or involved in PhD research. Students will also be benefited by participating in Air University’s English Language & Linguistics’ Research Group that will help minimize the gap between theory and practice. Our particular areas of interest are sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language and technology, language variation, functional linguistics, and literary research.
Faculty members include Professor Dr Mobina Tallat, Professor Abida Hassan, and Dr Hina Ashraf; Professor Dr Riaz Hassan (Adjunct Faculty) The department has its own a well-equipped language research laboratory with softwares and web resources to facilitate pedagogy and research in specific areas.
Structure of the programme
The following courses in the first semester will be core

Phonetics & phonology of English language View Course Outline

HU 601 Phonetics and Phonology This course covers human sounds in language with special reference to English; the history of phonetics; influences from other languages; reconstructions of earlier forms of English, Old, Middle, Early Modern, Modern; sound shifts, oscillation between related consonants/ between voiced and unvoiced consonants, stress shifts, recent American influence; traditional British RP; the IPA ; suprasegmentals, stress, intonation, duration, pause, elision.
Credit Hours: 3

General linguistics View Course Outline

HU 602 General linguistics: An overview of the origins and functions of language is made in this course: it covers topics like language families, language and thought, factors in communication and the development of alphabetic and writing systems; It includes introductions to the main branches of theoretical linguistics, phonology (covered in detail in HU 601), morphology, syntax and semantics/pragmatics; introductions are given to sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics (covered in depth in HU 610 and HU 611).
Credit Hours: 3

Critical theories & research View Course Outline

HU 603 Critical theories and Research The focus of this course is on modern theories and criticism; it explores relationships and representations and distinguishes between theory and criticism; developments since the beginning of the twentieth century are included; Russian Formalism, Anglo-American New Criticism, French Structuralism, Poststructuralism and Deconstruction; the major theories are discussed in the context of their application to various aspects of research in the humanities and social sciences.
Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to Critical Discourse Analysis View Course Outline

HU 606 Critical discourse analysis: An core course on discourse studies, critical discourse and discourse analysis that aims to give an overview to students of the various theories and methods associated with linguistic and sociological analysis. The systematic approaches are to enhance students¿ skills to study literary texts, draw comparisons, and analyse and evaluate materials and situations. This is an interdisciplinary course which will facilitate students of linguistics and literary studies to the historical background, concepts and methodological approaches of critical discourse analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
In the second semester the first course is core, while the remaining courses are electives
Core course

Research methodologies View Course Outline

HU 604 Research methodologies This course addresses the needs of novice researchers in the social sciences, with particular focus on linguistic and literary studies; it facilitates student learning through lectures, seminars and a strong practical component; students are encouraged to participate, present their ideas and think their way through the processes and paradigms of modern research.
Credit Hours: 4
Elective courses
Elective Courses

Modern literature View Course Outline

HU 607 Modern Literature: Students who wish to pursue research in literature and literary studies are encouraged to opt for this course; tracing the various trends in literature over the centuries, this course aims to discuss the themes and issues emerging in modern world literature. Various genres of literature emanating from different parts of the world are included with special focus on literatures written in English.
Credit Hours: 4

Language teaching: Theory, research and practice View Course Outline

HU 608 Language teaching: Theory, research and practice: This course is offered in full module and intends to facilitate students¿ understanding of language teaching theories and research implications. The course includes general theories of learning; LAD/LAS, Universal Grammar; traditional approaches, GT method (still common in Pakistan), strengths and weaknesses; transference theory; comparative analyses; mechanistic approaches, deductive (rule-eg) and inductive (eg-rule), audio-lingual, mim-mem, audio-visual methods; habituation, skill development, pattern drilling; mentalistic approaches; cognitive theories; natural acquisition and formal learning. It also includes a detailed analysis of combining different approaches and factors; communicative theory and derived methodology¿communicative competence, silent way, interactive community, subliminal, monitor, eclecticism, and their implication in the language classroom of today.
Credit Hours: 4

Systemic Functional Grammar View Course Outline

HU 609 Systemic functional grammar: This is full module course to facilitate a dissertation in theoretical linguistics. The course is designed to enable advanced studies of linguistic research to become fully conversant with notions of Systemic Functional Grammar which is the mainstream of British Linguistics, in contrast to Chomsikian Linguistics and other structural approaches of American Linguistics
Credit Hours: 4

Stylistics View Course Outline

HU 610 Stylistics: Offered in full module, this course of stylistics is studied as a branch of applied linguistics which includes stylometrics; the application of insights derived from linguistics to the study and interpretation of literature. Stylistics can provide workable approaches for the comprehension of text; it has a bridging function between language and literature; the essentials of linguistics in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics for students of stylistics; selection restriction rules; the elements of style; historical and contemporary ideas; the analysis of text; the analysis of discourse; kinds of deviation, diversion and digression and their effects on the comprehension of literary works. The use of common devices such as simile, metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, asyndeton, zeugma, repetition, rhetorical question, etc., in everyday language and literature will be explored.
Credit Hours: 4

Sociolinguistics View Course Outline

HU 611 Sociolinguistics: The study of language enhances one#&39;s understanding of the social, political and ethical dimensions of society; this course explores the development of language standards, dialects, registers, pidgins, creoles and the effects of language planning and official policy; topics like language accommodation of groups in contact, bilingualism, lingua francas and the changing status of English are covered.
Credit Hours: 2

Psycholinguistics View Course Outline

HU 612 Psycholinguistics: This course covers essential elements in the study of the relationship between linguistics and psychology; both disciplines are wide, touching upon most areas of human thinking, feeling and acting; the observations of writers such as de Saussure, Bloomfield, Boas, Sapir, Whorf and Chomsky are discussed; this course includes questions of origin, animal communication, speech centers in the brain, child language acquisition, receptive and productive skills, speech act theory, aphasias, dyslexia, therapy, the relation between language, personality and thinking and possibilities in experimentation and laboratory work.
Credit Hours: 2

Language and identity View Course Outline

HU 613 Language and identity: This is designed to facilitate students who are curious about the formation of identity through linguistic dispositions; language lies at the center of social organization at different levels: it helps humans to cooperate, plan and remember things; language can also create wide gaps between groups and communities; issues like language choice, social mobility, economic advantage, prestige, esteem and the construction of group, regional and national identities are included in this course.
Credit Hours: 2

Functional linguistics View Course Outline

HU 614 Functional Linguistics
Credit Hours: 2

Pakistani English View Course Outline

HU 615 Pakistani English: The development of non-native varieties; historical overview, world #&39;English’s,#&39; chaos theory, the introduction of English to this region; early incentives and compulsions; the situation today; the effects of first language interference--transference and the development of Pakistani dialects of English; phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic deviations; questions of acceptability at national and international levels, standardization, indigenization and reverse influence are discussed.
Credit Hours: 2

Postcolonial Studies View Course Outline

HU 616 Postcolonial studies This course is designed to assist students interested in post-structural and postcolonial studies. The political and cultural structures of the postcolonial societies are studied in relation to the language use and literature written in and about postcolonial countries. The course includes an overview of the main contributors to postcolonial writing, theory and criticism.
Credit Hours: 2