Linguistics In Translation

10 Units

A series of seminar presentations and lectures which will focus on practical linguistic aspects of translation. Topics to be covered include: grammar, meaning, discourse, lexicography and pragmatics. The cross-linguistic comparison of languages will also include communicative aspects including some study of sociolinguistics.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered


1 To enable students to undertake accurate translations into and out of English.

2 To provide students with background knowledge of linguistic systems of syntax, morphology, semantics and pragmatics to enable meaningful cross-linguistic comparisons.

3 To introduce students to various means of representing grammatical information such as plurality, possession, tense and aspect, across typologically diverse languages.

4 To prepare students to undertake research into theoretical and practical facets of translation and related linguistic problems.


The course will examine various means of conveying grammatical information such as possession, number, definiteness, location in time and space, tense, aspect, mood. In each case, comparisons will be made between the grammatical systems employed in English and a typologically diverse set of alternative sytems. There will also be cross-linguistic comparisons of semantic and pragmatic systems. The focus throughout will be on questions of translation and translatability between languages.

Replacing Course(s) LING6110
Transition none required
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge LING6910 or equivalent.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Seminar
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - * Three take-home assignments in the form of short answer questions and/or problem sets, each worth 20%, at approximately three-weekly intervals. * One essay of 2000 words, worth 40%. Total equivalent word length will approximate 4000 words.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Enrolment in postgraduate coursework degree. Students who have successfully completed LING6110 cannot enrol in this course.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6202

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