Subject LING30013 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 x 1 hour tutorials per week. No tutorials in the first and last week of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

3 contact hours/week, 5.5 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.


LING20005 Phonetics



Recommended Background Knowledge:

LING20006 Syntax (or equivalent); familiarity with phonological rules (from LING10001 Secret Life of Language for example, or equivalent).

Non Allowed Subjects:


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:

Subject Overview:

Morphology is the study of word structure and word formation. We examine the nature of this area by looking at the diversity and uniformity found in the morphological systems of a wide variety of the world's languages. Theories of morphology are critically discussed and compared. We also consider the interface relationships between morphology and other areas of grammar, in particular syntax and phonology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • be familiar with the main types of morphological phenomena found among the languages of the world.
  • have a basic understanding of contemporary morphological theory.
  • develop skills in critical thinking and analysis through describing and analysing morphological data from a wide range of languages.
  • develop skills in thinking in theoretical terms through the discussion and evaluation of competing theoretical approaches.

Practical assignments totalling 2500 words 60% (due throughout the semester) and a take-home examination totalling 1500 words 40% (at the end of 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:
  • Lieber, Rochelle. 2010. Intoducing Morphology. CUP.
  • Downloadable readings.
Recommended Texts:


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.

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Generic Skills:
  • develop skills in critical thinking and analysis.
  • develop skills in thinking in theoretical terms.
  • develop skill in communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically.
  • develop skill in observation and attention to detail.
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

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