LING6910

Foundations of Linguistics

10 Units

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.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.
Content

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
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term ((or equivalent by distance mode))
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6910

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