Undergraduate Studies

The information in these pages applies to all students who started their degree before MT 2016. There is now a handbook for Modern Language and Linguistics students who start their degree in MT 2016. Please see here or ask your College LOT. Use the links on the left hand side to navigate around this section.

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Dr Sandra Paoli (MT16) and Dr Ash Asudeh (HT17, TT17). To contact the DUS, use the following address: dus@ling-phil.ox.ac.uk

Information on Linguistics in FHS (Weblearn)

FHS Lectures and Tutorials

Lectures for linguistics subjects are spread throughout the academic year, and some of them are regularly spread across two or even three terms. Where possible, you should attend relevant lectures for your options from the very first term of the course, even if you will not be having tutorials until later in the year or even in your final year. Do not assume that you will have time to attend all the lectures in your final year! Linguistics tutors will be able to advise you on which lectures to attend at what stage in your course, depending on your choice of options: however, it is your responsibility to ask for that advice.

Though the Faculty endeavours to provide tuition for all options every year, the availability of some options depends on staff availability, and cannot be guaranteed. You are advised to include fallback options in your tutorial planning in case any of your planned options are not available in that year.

Arranging FHS tutorials

The name of the convenor for each paper is given with the information about that paper. Please remember, however, that official contact concerning teaching should be made through your college tutor. To “sign up” for (i.e. register your wish for) tuition in any of these papers, please go to the on-line sign up system here.

It is often more efficient for everyone concerned than a chain of individual emails, but please be advised that the tutorial sign-up system is meant as a way of assessing demand for tutorials and as one mechanism for putting students in touch with the relevant tutor. It does not constitute “enrolment” in a tutorial and some tutors eschew its use entirely.

Duplication of material in examinations

Students are forbidden to repeat or reuse material in answering more than one examination question, either within the same examination or in two different examinations. However, it is likely, indeed expected, that there will often be overlap between material studied for different papers, for example the FHS General Linguistics paper (MLL Paper XIII/PPL Paper A) and the various Linguistics Option Papers, the Linguistic Project and the Thesis, as well as papers in the history and structure of particular languages (MLL Papers IV and V/PPL Papers E) and (for Modern Languages students) the extended essay. In light of this, students are reminded that they may make use of any relevant material in answering questions on these papers, but can only use the material once. In particular, students may choose to answer questions within the same area of linguistics in more than one paper: for example, a student is permitted to answer questions on Phonetics or Phonology in the General Linguistics paper, even if the student has also chosen the Phonetics and Phonology Special Option paper, as long as no material is reused. To provide a concrete example: a candidate who answers a question on the analysis of French nasal vowels by reference to an autosegmental phonological framework could not also answer a question on autosegmental phonology by reference to French nasal vowels in the same or any other paper. However, such a candidate would be free to answer about other areas of phonology or other data in the same or other papers.

Further guidance on avoiding plagiarism can be found here.

Offering feedback, Complaints and Appeals

The Faculty greatly values the feedback that students offer on the teaching they receive. Lecture and Class/Tutorial feedback forms are available online on Weblearn (at the top of the page, immediately under the ‘Undergraduate’ banner).

It is important that students take the time to offer their reflections on aspects of the teaching that were problematic, but also on those that worked. A possibility to fill in these forms in arises at the end of each ‘teaching block’ (so, for example, in General Linguistics students may wish to submit 2 separate forms for the MT teaching) or at the end of each term.

Students on full-time and part-time matriculated courses are also surveyed once per year on all aspects of their course (learning, living, pastoral support, college) through the Student Barometer. Previous results can be viewed by students, staff and the general public here.

However, if students have any issues with teaching or supervision, they need to raise these as soon as possible so that they can be addressed promptly. Guidance on how to go about a complaint can be found here.


The information provided in these pages is accurate as of September 2016; however it may be necessary for changes to be made in certain circumstances, as explained at www.ox.ac.uk/coursechanges. If such changes are made the Faculty will amend this online information and students will be informed.

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