FHS Psychology, Philosophy & Linguistics

For more information on the PPL degree, including the PPL Handbooks, consult the PPL Weblearn pages in the Experimental Psychology area of the Medical Sciences Division Weblearn pages.

If you are a finalist being examined in TT17 please note that you will sit the “old format” Paper XIII. For further guidance, see the FHS Information Session notes under FHS on Linguistics Weblearn.

The following Linguistics papers are available in the Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics Final Honours School:

A General Linguistics
B1 Phonetics and Phonology
B2 Syntax
B3 Semantics
B4 Psycholinguistics
B5 Sociolinguistics
B6 Historical Linguistics
C Linguistic Project
D Thesis
E Linguistic Studies
F Special Subject in Linguistics
  • E Linguistic Studies
    These papers are aimed at Modern Languages students reading the language in question (German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Modern Greek, Russian, Czech, Polish), and require advanced knowledge of the language. They may be taken by PPL students only with the agreement of the Board of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, and students wishing to take these papers need to have a level of competence in that language equivalent to that reached in A-levels.
    E1 Linguistic Studies 1: History of a Language
    This paper covers the history of a modern European language.
    E2 Linguistic Studies 2: Structure of a Language
    This paper covers the structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) and, to some extent, the pragmatics and sociolinguistics of a modern European language.
  • F A Special Subject in Linguistics
    These papers are marked with “L” in the Special Subjects list published by the Modern Languages faculty.  A list of subjects to be examined in the current year can be found on the Modern Languages Weblearn site, under Undergraduates>Examinations. Many (but not all) Special Subjects require advanced knowledge of a modern European language. Examples of Special Subjects in recent years are: Romance Philology and Linguistics; Morphology; Structure and History of Romanian; Old Occitan; Old Norse; Yiddish Linguistics; The Genetic Basis of Language. Students may not take more than one special subject F.  ***Since the list of available Special Subjects can change from year to year, students are advised to arrange tutorials for the Special Subject only in the final year and not in the second year***.

Consult the Linguistics area in Weblearn for reading lists and advanced information for these subjects.

Table of linguistics options in PPL

Subject combinations Paper A B, C, D, E, F
Psychology and Philosophy Permitted Unavailable
Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics [with 2 Linguistics papers] Required one of B1-B6
Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics [with 3 Linguistics papers] Required one of B1-B3 and one of B1-6, C, D, F
Psychology or Philosophy and Linguistics [with 3 Linguistics papers] Required one of B1-B3 and one of B1-6, C, D, F
Psychology or Philosophy and Linguistics [with 4 Linguistics papers] Required one of B1-B3 and two of B1-6, C or D, E1 or E2, F
Psychology or Philosophy and Linguistics [with 5 Linguistics papers] Required one of B1-B3 and three of B1-6, C, D, E1 or E2, F

Please bear in mind that some of these subjects are available subject to appropriate teaching being available, and that details of any of the courses may change at short notice.

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