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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 3-hour seminar per week |
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|Prerequisites:||Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in linguistics and applied linguistics.|
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CoordinatorProf Nick Evans
|Subject Overview:|| |
This subject takes a broad and historically based view of some of the great topics that have preoccupied thinkers in linguistics, and how they interrelate, by juxtaposing the history of ideas on each of a dozen topics with relevant contemporary debates. Topics to be covered include defining properties of language; sign and system; arbitrariness versus constraints on the system; the role of typology; the role of formal modelling of language systems; linguistic relativity; synchrony versus diachrony; linguistics as a science; the linguistic system and the community of users; the boundaries of the language system; functionalism, adaptation and evolution of language systems; categories, classical and otherwise; and language, mind and brain.
|Assessment:||Two oral presentations, each followed by a written report of 1500 words (25% each; due during the semester), and an essay of 4000 words 50% (due at the end of the semester).|
|Prescribed Texts:||A subject reader will be available|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English Language) |
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Language Studies)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)
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