Subject 672-397 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Two 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in the first and last weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment: Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Some prior study in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics or related disciplines is desirable, e.g. a first year LING subject, or the university breadth subject Logic: Language & Information, or relevant study in Philosophy, Anthropology, or Psychology.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Lesley Fiona Stirling


Assoc Prof Lesley Stirling

Subject Overview: This subject is an introduction to the study of meaning, looking at the main linguistic approaches to the study of meaning, techniques of semantic analysis and argumentation, and problems of accounting for some selected areas of linguistic meaning. Topics include classical approaches to meaning, prototype semantics, cognitive linguistics, and linguistic categorisation across languages.
Assessment: Two 750-word assignments 25% each (due at regular intervals during the semester), and a 2500-word essay 50% (due at the end of the semester).
Prescribed Texts: A subject reader and manual will also be available.
  • Understanding Semantics (S Lobner) Arnold 2002
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have developed their capacity to closely observe and analyse data and to engage in argumentation and critical evaluation of arguments about it;
  • have developed their skills in research: defining an area of inquiry and seeking, evaluating and organising relevant information;
  • have developed their skills in spoken and written communication of their own and others' ideas.
Notes: Formerly available as 175-212/312. Students who have completed 175-212 or 175-312 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
Linguistics & Applied Linguistics
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics Major

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