Introduction to Linguistics (1)

Course code LING1111Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This unit introduces students to the study of language, and what language reveals about the nature of human beings and human behaviour. It introduces the basic theoretical concepts in the structural and social analysis of language. It presents the different levels of structural analysis of language. It examines language acquisition, and geographical and social variation in language.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
ObjectivesOn satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to

1. Discuss the nature of language as the human communication system.
2. Describe the different structural levels of language.
3. Describe the basic principles for the analysis of the different structural levels of language.
4. Discuss the basic processes involved in children's acquisition of language and in the development of literacy
5. Discuss the range of synchronic variation in language.
6. Describe the basic principles for the analysis of variation.
ContentTopics to be covered in this course include:
1. Basic concepts in Linguistics: the nature of language as a human communication system
2. Basic principles of phonetic analysis.
3. Basic principles of phonological analysis.
4. Basic principles of morphological analysis.
5. Basic principles of syntactic analysis.
6. Language acquisition: studies of child language acquisition
7. Language in society: social variation in language use; the social meaning of language choice; "standard" and "non-standard" varieties of English, contexts of language usage
Replacing Course(s)LING 1001 Introduction to Linguistics 10 Units
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNo assumed knowledge
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments3 take-home assignments (multiple choice and/or short answer format) - 30%
Examination: FormalFinal examination - 40%.
Other: (please specify)Case study 30%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LING1111