Introduction to Linguistics 2

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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.

Content

Topics 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING1120. Students who have successfully completed LING1120 are not eligible to enrol in LING1112.

Assumed Knowledge

Ling1111

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Take Home Assignments

Formal Examination: Final Examination

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