Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course examines the sound systems of English (phonetic and phonological) and the syntactic structure of simple and complex English sentences.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic mechanisms of production and classification of speech sounds;

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the phonological principles of contrast, complementary distribution and free variation;

3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse English clause structures;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the semantic and functional correlates of particular grammatical structures.


Topics to be covered include:

  • Production, description and classification of English speech sounds
  • Principles of contrast, complementary distribution and free variation exemplified in the sound patterns of English
  • Aspects of English sentence structure: review of simple clause structure; subordination (relative clauses, content clauses, comparatives); coordination and apposition; adverbials

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1 (20%)

Formal Examination: Formal Examination - Closed book examination (30%)

Written Assignment: Assignment 2 (20%)

Written Assignment: Assignment 3 (20%)

Presentation: Oral Presentation (10%)

Contact hours



Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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