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 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Upon 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.

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
Replacing Course(s) n/a
Transition n/a
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Take-home assignments (problem sets and short answer questions) 3 @ 20% (equivalent of 500 words each)
  • Examination: Formal - 40%
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for LING6910

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