The Study of Language 2


This course builds on and extends the principles introduced in EPHUMA149 The Study of Language 1 as it provides students with further insight into the human language system and the language choices we make every day. Topics include how people convey meaning in language, Australian Aboriginal languages, how Australian English developed and how it differs from other varieties of English, the sounds of language and how they are used, how language, culture and society are related, how words and languages are created, how gender plays a role in language, and how the brain is vital to language.

The topics and assessment items aim to enhance the student learning experience through a variety of approaches, allowing for different learning styles. As with EPHUMA149 The Study of Language 1, skills necessary for undergraduate study are embedded within the course. However, in this course, they are further developed to reach a level suitable for entry to undergraduate study.



  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017


  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Accurately utilise and demonstrate an advanced understanding of linguistic terminology and concepts

2. Evaluate theoretical aspects and relate those to applied aspects of linguistics at a higher level than for EPHUMA149

3. Demonstrate an awareness of interpersonal and social aspects of language, particularly in relation to meaning

4. Illustrate theory and concepts with original examples to show understanding at a more sophisticated level than for EPHUMA149

5. Apply skills in relevant technology

6. Use research and academic writing skills for tertiary study


  1. How we express meaning with language
  2. The sounds of language
  3. The origins and development of Australian English
  4. How we structure and create words
  5. How languages are born
  6. Australian Aboriginal languages
  7. Gender differences in language use
  8. The brain's capacity for language


Students must have successfully completed EPHUMA149 and be active in the Open Foundation Program or the Yapug Program to enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Exercise - Short-answer questions

Essay: Essay

In Term Test: Online Quiz - Online multiple-choice test

Formal Examination: Multiple-choice questions, paragraphs, and essay

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and On-Line from Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Online students will have a 1 hour tutorial each week.