Foundation of Linguistics


The course provides foundation knowledge in theoretical and methodological principles of linguistics. Students are introduced to the study of the organisation of information within linguistic systems and to the study of language acquisition and language use.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 1 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Sydney Elizabeth Street

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. The nature of language as a human communication system;

2. Basic principles of semantics and pragmatics as applied to English;

3. The acquisition of language by children;

4. The influence of social factors on language use.


Topics to be covered include:

  • the nature of language as a human communication system
  • the nature of meaning: what words mean; what sentences mean; what speakers mean
  • stages in the development of child language
  • competing theories of language learning
  • the influence of social factors on language use

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

WebLearn GradSchool and Callaghan


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

(or equivalent by distance mode)