Subject LING20006 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 1-hour lectures and a 1-hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in teh first and last weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Some prior study in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics is desirable, e.g. a first year LING subject.
Non Allowed Subjects: Formerly available as 175-211, 175-311 and 672-396 Syntax. Students who have completed these subjects are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements for this entry.

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Dr Brett Baker


Subject Overview:

This subject is an introduction to basic concepts and methods of syntactic analysis and description. Emphasis is on practical analysis and description of a wide range of phenomena from a variety of languages. Students should become familiar with topics such as constituent structure. syntactic categories. grammatical functions (interface with morphology). thematic relations (interface with semantics). word order. multi-clausal constructions, including complement clauses, relative clauses and clause linking. and unbounded dependencies.

Objectives: .
Assessment: Practical assignment problems totalling 2000 words 50% (due throughout the semester) and a take-home examination of 2000 words 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts:

A package of readings prepared by the Department.

'Analyzing grammar: an introduction'. Paul Kroeger. 2005. Cambridge University Press.

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 acquired skills in critical thinking and analysis.
  • have acquired skill in thinking in theoretical terms.
  • have developed skills in thinking creatively in evaluating and formulating analyses.
  • have developed skills in observation and attention to detail.
  • have developed skills in communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Cross Cultural Communication
English Language Studies
English Language Studies Major
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics
Linguistics && Applied Linguistics Major
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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