Structure of English

10 Units

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

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this 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
  • Formal Examination: Formal Examination
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 2
  • Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
(or equivalent by distance mode)

Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for LING6020
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