Subject LING30007 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

On campus

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 1 hour lectures and a 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in the 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.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

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.

Non Allowed Subjects:

Formerly available as 175-212/312. Students who have completed 175-212 or 175-312 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 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:


Dr Brett Baker


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.


Students who complete this subject successfully should:

  • have developed an understanding of the main linguistic approaches to the study of meaning.
  • demonstrate a more detailed appreciation of the problems of accounting for some selected area(s) of linguistic meaning.
  • develop skills in semantic analysis and argumentation.
  • begin to develop an appreciation of how the study of linguistic meaning is situated in its disciplinary context with respect to other areas of linguistics (syntax, pragmatics) and other approaches to meaning (philosophical, semiotic).

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).

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:

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.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
English Language Studies Major
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Related Breadth Track(s): Linguistics: Language Structure and Analysis
Logic, meaning and computation

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