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Undergraduate Courses

Bachelor of Arts  (B.A.) - General and Special Degree Courses

Duration:  B.A. General Degree  Course  – Three years
                 B.A. Special  Degree Course    -  Four years

B.A. General Degree Course


Level One

Course code            :    Ling 11014
Title                         :    Introduction to Linguistics

Course code            :    Ling 13024
Title                         :    Introduction to Phonetics

Level Two

Course code            :    Ling 23012
Title                         :    Phonology and Morphology

Course code            :   Ling 21022
Title                         :  Syntax

Course code            :   Ling 21032
Title                         :  Socio-Linguistics and  Language Planning

Course code            :    Ling 21042
Title                         :    History of Linguistics

Course code            :    Ling 22052
Title                         :    Semantics

Level Three

Course code            :    Ling 31012
Title                         :    Applied Linguistics

Course code            :    Ling 31022
Title                         :     Psycholinguistics and Communication Disabilities and Sign Language 
Course code            :   Ling 32032
Title                         :    Historical Linguistics

Course code            :    Ling 32042
Title                         :   Structure of Sinhala
Course code               :    Ling 32052
Title                            :    Lexicography


Translation Methods

Level One

Course Code              : Trmd 11012
Title                            : Introduction to Language

Course Code              : Trmd 11022
Title                            : Introduction to Translation

Course code               : Trmd 13032
Title                            : Proficiency in Sinhala

Course code               : Trmd 13042
Title                            : Proficiency in second Language: Level - I

Level Two

Course Code              : Trmd 21012
Title                            : Theory of Translation

Course Code              : Trmd 21022 
Title                            : Interpretation : Theory and Practice

Course Code              : Trmd 23032             
Title                            : Technical Translation

Course Code              : Trmd 23042
Title                            : Literary Translation

Course code               : Trmd 23052
Title                            : Proficiency in second Language: Level - II

 Level Three

Course Code              : Trmd 31012
Title                            : Legal Translation

Course Code              : Trmd 32022
Title                            : Science Translation

Course Code              : Trmd 33032
Title                            : Professional Training in Translation


Course Code              : Trmd 33042
Title                            : Translation Project

Course code               : Trmd 13042
Title                            : Proficiency in second Language: Level - III


Course Code              : Taml 13012  
Title                            : Tamil Language – I

Course code               : Taml 23012  
Title                             : Tamil Language – II

Course code               : Taml 33012  
Title                             : Tamil Language – III


B.A. Special Degree Course in Linguistics

Students who follow the special degree course in Linguistics have obtained B passes in the level 1 examination in Linguistics.

Level Two

Course Code              : Ling 21513
Title                            : Morphology

Course Code              : Ling 21523
Title                            : Sociolinguistics

Course Code              : Ling 21533
Title                            : History of Linguistics

Course Code              : Ling 22543
Title                            : Psycholinguistics

Course Code              : Ling 23554
Title                            : Introduction to Phonology

Course Code               : Ling 23564
Title                             : Introduction to Syntax

Course Code               : Ling 23574
Title                             : Semantics

Course Code               : Ling 23574
Title                            : Second Language Proficiency : Level - I (English and Tamil)

Level Three

Course Code              : Ling 31514
Title                            : Language Planning

Course Code              : Ling 31524
Title                            : Applied Linguistics Advanced Phonology

Course Code              : Ling 33534
Title                            : Advanced Phonology

Course Code              : Ling 33544
Title                            : Advanced Syntax

Course Code              : Ling 33554
Title                            : Historical Linguistics

Course Code               : Ling 31564
Title                             : Structure of Sinhala

Course Code               : Ling 33574
Title                             : Second Language Proficiency : Level 11 (English & Tamil)

Course Code               : Ling 31582
Title                             : Communication Disabilities 

Course Code               : Ling 31592
Title                             : Sri Lankan Sign Language

Level Four

Course Code             : Ling 41513
Title                           : Lexicography

Course Code              : Ling 41523
Title                            : Clinical Linguistics

Course Code              : Ling 43534
Title                            : Comparative Indo-European Linguistics

Course Code              : Ling 43544
Title                            : History of  Sinhala

Course Code              : Ling 43554
Title                            : Logic and Language Analysis

Course Code              : Ling 43564
Title                            : Second Language Proficiency : Level - III   (English and Tamil)

Course Code              : Ling 43576
Title                            : Dissertation

A Dissertation in the relevant field must be submitted as a fulfilment of this course.


Tamil Certificate course

Part I

Relevant Texts

Part II

Relevant Texts
Grammar and Essay
Examination of Oral and Unseen texts


Post-Graduate Courses


M.A. Degree course

1.       Programme :       Postgraduate Diploma /
                                      Master of Arts in Linguistics

2.       Duration       :  Two years

3.       Method of the course :

            The course includes lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.  Lectures and  tutorials are conducted during the first year, and seminars and workshops are conducted during the second year.

4.       Structure of the course :
The M.A. in Linguistics consists of  six written papers and a dissertation.  The written examination is held at the end of the first year and the dissertation has to be submitted at the end of the second year.  Two hundred and forty hours are allocated for lectures, and one hundred and twenty hours for tutorials. There are twenty seminars and workshops.

5.       Evaluation process  :

          a)       The minimum pass mark for the papers is 40%.  The postgraduate diploma is offered to candidates who fulfil the minimum requirement for five papers and who have at least thirty five marks for the sixth paper, and provided he/she has an average of fifty marks for the all papers.

          b)      The M.A. in Linguistics is offered to those who fulfil obtain over 50% for five papers, and over 40% for the sixth paper and an average of fifty marks for the six papers at the written examination which is held the  end of the first year.  Candidates also have to get fifty marks for the dissertation submitted at the end of the second year.

          c)       Candidates who get a minimum of 55% for five papers and an average of over 55% for all six papers are qualified to enrol for the M.Phill programme in Linguistics.

          d)      The criteria set out for the M.A. programme in the Faculty of Humanities are valued for the written examination of the above programme.


VAVISHAPA 01  - Introduction  to Linguistics and Phonetics

Aims :        The aims of this course are to introduce the nature of  language, define linguistics and introduce the principles of modern Linguistics and

                   To define Phonetics and to give sufficient knowledge of the production and classification of speech sounds.

Content :

1.1       Introduction to Linguistics

1.1.1     Defining `Language’ and introducing language structure

1.1.2     Defining Linguistics and introducing Phonology, Morphology, Syntax and Semantics of natural language.

1.1.3     Providing basic knowledge in linguistic perspectives.

1.2       Phonetics

1.2.1     Defining Phonetics and introducing its main branches:  articulatory,  acoustic and  auditory.

1.2.2     Speech organs, speech mechanisms and the production of speech sounds.

1.2.3     Obstruction of the air stream and classification of speech sounds.

1.2.4     Segmental and suprasegmental sounds.

1.2.5     Segmental sounds:         vowels and consonants

1.2.6     Supra segmental sounds:          Pitch


01.     Abercrombie, D     1967, Elements of General Phonetics, EUP Edinburgh.
02.     Bloch, Bermard & Trager, George L, 1942, Outline of Linguistic Analysis, Baltimore: Linguistic Society of America.
03.     Bloomfield, Leonard, 1935, Language, Reprint 1950, 1955, 1957, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
04.    Biligiri, H.S. 1965" Khariya; Phonology, Grammar   and Vocabulary. Deccan College; Postgraduate and Research Institute; Poona, India.
05.    Bloomfield, L, 1933, Language. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York.
06.     Catford, J.G.  1977, Fundemental Problems in Phonetics,UIP, Bloomington
07.     Denes Peter and Pinson, E.N.,1973 The Speech Chain,Anchor Books, New York
08.     Fry, D.B., 1979, The Physics of Speech, CUP, Cambridge.
09.     Gleason, H.A. 1955, An Indtroduction to Descriptive Linguistics, Revised Edition, Reprint 1961, USA, Rinehart and Winston Inc.
10.     Hocket Charles, F.  1958, A Course in Modern Linguistics, Sixth Printing ; 1963 New York: the Macmillan Company.
11.   osidkdhl" fÊ'î' 1970" NdIdjl Ndú;h yd ú.%yh" iSudiys; f,alayjqia bkafjiaukaÜ iud.u
12' osidkdhl" fÊ'î'  1969"  NdIdjl rgd iuqodh -iSudiys; f,alayjqia bkafjiaukaÜ iud.u
13' osidkdhl" fÊ'î' 1972" NdId úIhl ,sms iSudiys; f,alayjqia bkafjiaukaÜ iud.u
14' lreKd;s,l" ví,sõ' tia'" úfÊ;=x." r;ak iy rdcmlaI" r' uq' ú'" 2004"  jd.aúµd m%fõYh" weia' f.dvf.a iy ifydaorfhda'


VAVISHAPA  02  - Phonemics  and  Morphology

 2.1       Phonemics

2.1.1     Aims: The aims of this course are to   provide  students with  a  knowledge  of  the principles of phonemics and its practical significance.

2.1.2     Content :  Principles of  Structural Linguistics.  Identification  of speech sounds and study of their production  at length. To provide the knowledge of theoretical methods in Phonemic Analysis and  the practical exercise through  problems related to phonemics.  Study of phonemic constituents in  Sinhala, Tamil and English at length.  Post structural linguistic theories.  Identification of phonemic studies according to the post structuralist linguistic theories. References

01.     Bloomfield, Leonard, 1935, Language Reprint 1950,1955,1957, London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
02.     Chomsky, N., and Halle, M.,  1968,  The second etition of English, Harper & Row, New York.
03.     Gleason, H.A. 1959, Work book in Descriptive Linguistics, Henry Holt and Company, Inc. New York.
04.     Gleason, H.A. 1955, An Indtroduction to Descriptive Linguistics, Revised Edition, Reprint 1961, USA  Rinehart and Winston Inc
05.     Hocket  F.  1958, A Course in Modern Linguistics, Sixth Printing ; 1963 New York: the Macmillan Company.
06      Pike, Kenneth L.,  1954, Language in relation to a unified theory of the structure of Human Behavior (I) Glendale, Summar Institute of Linguistics.
07.  osidkdhl" fÊ'î' 1970" NdIdjl Ndú;h yd ú.%yh" iSudiys; f,alayjqia bkafjiaukaÜ iud.u
08.  osidkdhl" fÊ'î'  1969"  NdIdjl rgd iuqodh -iSudiys; f,alayjqia bkafjiaukaÜ iud.u
09.    osidkdhl" fÊ'î' 1972" NdId úIhl ,sms- iSudiys; f,alayjqia bkafjiaukaÜ iud.u
10.    lreKd;s,l" ví,sõ' tia'" úfÊ;=x." r;ak iy rdcmlaI" r' uq' ú'" 2004"  jd.aúµd m%fõYh" weia' f.dvf.a iy ifydaorfhd'


2.2       Morphology

2.2.1    Aims : The aims of this course are to   provide  students   with   basic  concepts  of Morphology to give practice knowledge  of Morphology and  to give a knowledge about problems related to Morphology.

2.2.2    Content :  Identification of  Morphemes.  Identification of  Morphemic concepts according to the teachings of structural linguistic schools.  Understanding of 'Morpheme'  as an essential part of the language structure.  To gain the practical and theoretical  knowledge about  Morphemes through some problems related to Morphemics.  Morphemics in the post structural linguistic period.  The development of Morphological theories from 1955 to date.  Significance of  Morphology in language studies in the above period. References :

1.     n,.,af,a" úu,a Ô'" 1989" jd.aúµdfõ mÈu ixl,amh ms<sn| úu¾Ykhla yd isxy, mÈu ms<sn| j¾.SlrKhla'  úfµdaoh ixia'  r;ak úfÊ;=x." fld<U'  ms' 7-37'
2.    -tu- 1995  NdId wOHhkh yd isxy, jHjydrh' weia' f.dvf.a iy ifydaorfhda" fld<U'
3. lreKd;s,l" ví,sõ' tia'" úfÊ;=x." r;ak iy rdcmlaI" r' uq' ú'" 2004" jd.aúµd m%fõYh" weia' f.dvf.a iy ifydaorfhd'
4.       Bauer, L.  1983,  English WordFormation, CUP, Cambridge.
5.       do-     1988  Introducing Linguistic Morphology,  Edinburgh Unversity Press, Edinburgh.
6.       Crystal, D. 1971, Linguistics.  Penguin, Harmondsworth.
7.       Gleason, H.A., 1955  An Introduction to descriptive Linguistics, Oxford & IBH publishing Co.  New Delhi.  (1968 Indian edition)  P. 50-127.
8.       Hockett, C.F.  1958,  A course in Modern Linguistics. Oxford & IBH publishing Co.  New Delhi.
9.       Katamba, F. 1993  Morphology.  Macmillan Press Ltd. 
10.     Mathews, P.H.  1974  Morphology. CUP, Cambridge.
11.     O'Grady, William, M. Dobrovolsky.  1989  Contemporary   Linguistics: An introduction. New York. ch. 4.
12.     Spencer, A.  1991  Morphological Theory.  Basil Blackwell, Oxford.

VAVISHAPA 03 - Syntax

 Aims :    The aims of this course are to introduce the basic 
theory of syntax and to give knowledge above analysis of natural languages.

Content :

3.1        Introduction to Syntax

3.1.1     Place of Syntax in linguistic analysis

3.1.2     Identity of Syntax.

3.1.3     Various approaches to Syntax

3.1.4     Syntagmatic  and paradigmatic relations

3.1.5    Sentence :  definition, classification and segmentation

3.1.6     Sentence categorization

3.2        Defining  word  and phrases

3.2.1     Word, phrase and their grammatical relationship

3.3        Current trends in Syntax

3.3.1     Introduction to Generative Transformational Theory

3.3.2     The theoretical and empirical  significant  of the Generative Transformational Theory.

Reference :

1.       Bloomfield, L, 195, Language, George Allen & Unwin Ltd.
2.       Hockett, C. F.,  1958, Course in Modern Linguistics.
3.      Gleason, H. A., 1955, An Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics, Oxford.
4.       Chomsky, Noam.,  1965,  Aspects of the Theory of  Syntax.
5.       Radford, Andrew., 1988, Transformational Grammar first course, Cambridge; Cambridge University Press.
6.       William O'Grady., 1996, Syntax, Chapters 5 (pp 181 - 289) of  Contemporary Linguistics : An Introduction; William O'Grady, Michael Dobrovolsky and Francis Katamba, Longman, London, NY.

VAVISHAPA 04 - Historical Linguistics.

Aims :    The aim of this course are to introduce the basic principles of Historical Linguistics and  to teach students language analysis through those theories.

Content :

4.1        Types of linguistic change :
            Phonetic and phonemic change
            Grammatical change
            Semantic change

4.2        Mechanisms of linguistic change :
            Sound change
            Linguistic borrowing

4.3        Relative chronology in relation to sound change

4.4        The comparative  (reconstructional)  method

4.5        The internal reconstructional  method

4.6        Classification of languages.

References :

1.     lreKd;s,l' ví,sõ' tia'" ft;sydisl jd.aúµd m%fõYh'
2.     Hockett, C. F., A Course in Modern Linguistics.
3.     Lehman, W. P., Introduction to Historical Linguistics.
4.     Ghatege, A. M., Historical Linguistics.


VAVISHAPA 05  - Applied Linguistics

Aims :        The aims of this course are to provide students with basic knowledge about the areas of Applied Linguistics and a sound knowledge about second / foreign language teaching or learning.

Content :

a)       Subject areas of Applied Linguistics: teaching and learning of second and foreign language, Translation methods, Lexicography, Stylistics and other relevant areas.

b)       Influence of structural linguistics on second/foreign language teaching and a deep study of theoretical development of language teaching.

c)       Contrastive analysis and error analysis : language teaching theories which were the course of the origin of analyses.

d)       Student centred education and internal and external factors which affect  students who learn a language successfully.

e)       Traditional language teaching methods and the other methods developed in the 20th century.
f)       A deep study of the communicative approach to language teaching.
g)       Acquisition of a subject knowledge that was developed in relation to studies on learning and writing of mother tongue and language teaching.

References :

1.   Larsen - Freeman, Diane (1985) ;    Techniques and Principles in Language Teaching.  Oxford University Press
2.    Blair, Robert W. (ed.) (1982) :  Innovative Approaches to Language Teaching.  Mass., : Newbury House Publishers Inc.
3.    Littlewood, William (1981) :  Communicative language Teaching.  Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
4.    McArthur, Tom  (1983) :  A Foundation course for language Teachers. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
5.    Klein, wolfgang  (1986) : Second Language Acquisition.  Cambridge :  Cambridge University Press.


VAVISHAPA 06  -     Psycholinguistics and Communication Disabilities.

Aims :    The aims of this course are to study deferent research and  theories related to the development of  psycholinguistics and to introduce language and speech disabilities.

Content :

1.         Psycholinguistics

1.1        Fields of Psycholinguistics
            Background and Principals
            Language Acquisition
            Language, Human beings and Animals.
            Philosophical views about language.
Language acquisition as a physical event.
            Language as a mirror of mind slips of the tongue and mental representation.
            Interface between psycholinguistics & Theoretical linguistics.
Nature of Grammatical knowledge  and language processing.


1.2       Communication Disabilities

1.2.1     Introducing communication disabilities

1.2.2     Speech disabilities
            (w).      Disabilities related to segmental sounds.

            (wd).    Disabilities related to suprasegmental      sounds

            (we).    Disabilities  related to breath

            Language disabilities

            Disabilities related to the language structure ; Grammar and Semantics ;

1.2.3     Remedies   for speech disabilities and Language disabilities,  Sign Language as a part of those remedies and other non - verbal communication methods.

References :

1.      Crystal, D.,  1982,  Profiling Linguistic disabilities, Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., 41, Bedford Square, London, WCIB 3 DQ

2.       Crystal, D., Fletcherm P. and Garman. M., 1976,  The Grammatical Analysis of Language disability : A procedure for assesment and remediation, Edward Arnold (Publishers) Ltd., 41, Bedford Square, London, WCIB 3 DQ

3.       Hocket, C. F.,  1967,  A course in Modern Linguistics,  The Macmillan Company, New York.

4.       Lenne Burge, E.H. ,  1967,  Biological Foundation of Language, John Wiley, New York.

5.       Pridauxm, G.D., 1984, Psycholinguistics,  The Experimental Study of Language,  Groom Helm Ltd., Provident House, Burrel Row, Beckenham, Kent 31AT.

6.      Witeker, H. & Whitaker, H. A.,  1976,  Studies in Neuro Linguistics,  Academic Press, New York, Sanfrancisco, London.

7.       O'Grady. W.,  Dobrovolsky, M., Katamba. F.  1997, Contemporary Linguistics ;  An Introduction Addison Wesley Longman Limited, Edinburgh Gate, Harlow,  Essex C M 20 2JE, United Kingdom.

8.       Chomsky. N.,  1968,  Language and Mind. Harcourt Brace, New York.

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M.Phil  Degree

Duration : Two Years

  1. A Dissertation in the relevant field
  2. Three question papers

i.    Advanced Linguistics    I    -   Linguistic Theory
          ii.   Advanced Linguistics    II     -   Phonetics and Phonemics
          iii.  Advanced Linguistics    III    -  Historical Linguistics
          iv.  Oral Test on Phonetics
          v.   VIVA


PhD Degree

Duration : Three Years

1.    A Dissertation in the relevant field.
2.    VIVA

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