Seminars in Theoretical Linguistics

Subject LING40004 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, 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: A 2 hour seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week, 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: In particular years, depending on the nature of the advanced topic, students may be recommended to have completed an introductory subject relevant to this topic.
Non Allowed Subjects: Formerly available as 175-032/315 or 175-037/335. Students who have completed 175-032, 175-315, 175-037 or 175-335 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request 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 Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Brett Baker


Subject Overview:

This subject is a course of advanced seminars in theoretical linguistics, whose topic will vary from year to year. The subject will take a formal theoretical approach with the particular topic for the seminar being phonology, morphology, syntax or semantics. Students who complete this subject should demonstrate an understanding of the topic being studied, show a capacity for an advanced level of analysis in relation to the issues being studiedl and show an awareness of the latest research directions in the particular topic.

  • be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the theoretical issues of concern within the particular topic area being studied.
  • have gained skills in research and critical thinking and analysis through participation in seminars, reading , and preparation of assessed work.
  • have developed their skill in communicating knowledge intelligibly through written assessment and seminar discussion

Written work totalling 5000 words or equivalent.

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Varies with topic of seminar. contact subject coordinator for details.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have acquired skills in critical thinking and analysis.
  • have acquired skills in thinking in theoretical terms.
  • have developed skills in formulating and evaluating analyses.
  • have developed skills in theoretical argumentation.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Lingusitics and Applied Lingusitics
Lingusitics and Applied Lingusitics

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