Introduction to Linguistics (2)

Course code LING1112Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This unit completes students' introduction to the study of language. It takes the languages of Australia and neighbouring areas as a database, and uses this database to illustrate the more advanced fundamental principles of structural analysis in language. The course examines typological variation and diachronic variation. It introduces the study of syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and language acquisition, as based on the fundamental principles of structural analysis.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn satisfactory completion of this course, students will be able to

1. Discuss and apply basic principles of historical reconstruction.
2. Discuss and apply basic principles of typological classification.
3. Discuss the basic principles governing language change.
4. Analyse English sentences in terms of their constituent structure.
5. Apply the basic principles of Phrase Structure Grammar to write phrase structure rules for a set of language data.
6. Discuss the principles of argument structure and grammatical relations and recognise the main types of grammatical alignment.
7. Discuss the principles of semantics and recognise the main types of lexical semantic relations.
8. Discuss the basic principles of linguistic pragmatics.
9. Discuss the main stages in child language acquisition.
ContentTopics to be covered in this course include:
1. Languages of Australia and neighbouring regions.
2. Historical and typological classification of languages.
3. Principles of language change.
4. Grammatical Relations, argument structure, and syntactic alignment
5. Word-level semantics, clausal semantics, presupposition, entailment.
6. Pragmatics of language in use - speech acts, conversational implicature.
7. Stages in child language acquisition.
Replacing Course(s)Ling1120 Language Structure and Meaning 10 units
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLing1111
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments3 take-home assignments (short answer format) - 60%
Examination: FormalFinal examination - 40%.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LING1112