Introduction to Linguistics 1

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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 range of synchronic variation in language.

5. Describe the basic principles for the analysis of variation.

Content

Topics 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING1001. Students who have successfully completed LING1001 are not eligible to enrol in LING1111.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 2