Foundations of Linguistics

Course code LING6910Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate understanding of:
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.
ContentTopics 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
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Transitionn/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledgenil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTake-home assignments (problem sets and short answer questions) 3 @ 20% (equivalent of 500 words each)
Examination: Formal40%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for LING6910