Introduction to Linguistics

Subject LING90027 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours
Prerequisites: None
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Ms Colleen Holt, Ms Shani Dettman, Prof Richard Dowell


Annie Cruse
Subject Overview: This unit introduces students to the discipline of linguistics. The course will introduce the domains of morphology, syntax, semantics, phonology, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics. The course will introduce some of the techniques used for describing and analysing language.
Objectives: At the completion of this course students will:
  • be aware of linguistics as an academic discipline and acquire terminology for discussing language
  • understand some of the techniques available for analysing words, morphemes, sentence constituents and sentence structure, and be able to apply the techniques presented in class
  • understand language variation and language use
  • Two multiple choice tests: Test 1 following Lecture 13 and consisting of 20 questions - 10%. Test 2 following Lecture 19 and consisting of 20 questions - 10%
  • Morphological and syntactic analysis report 1500 words to be submitted in Week 11, Semester 1 – 30%
  • A one hour written examination at the end of the semester – 50%
Prescribed Texts: Fromkin, P., Rodman, R, Hyams, N. (2010) An introduction to language. 9th Ed. Wadsworth Publishing.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject students should have:
  • well developed problem solving skills
  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate the knowledge gained in both oral and written forms
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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