1. Handbook
  2. Subjects
  3. Researching Language

Researching Language (ARTS90015)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

You’re viewing the 2019 Handbook:
Or view archived Handbooks

Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeARTS90015
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject introduces a range of fundamental theories of the nature of language and approaches to the analysis of its structure and use. The way we will do this is to critically examine 6 sets of readings representing current issues, debates or opposing points of view; to make explicit their theoretical backgrounds and assumptions, how this affects the course of their arguments, and what counts as ‘evidence’. Many of these sets of articles represent a conflict between ‘emic’ (abstract, ‘insider’ knowledge) and ‘etic’ (observable, measurable) approaches; an opposition which is pervasive across linguistics and applied linguistics. We will examine readings by important thinkers in the field including Chomsky, Blommaert, Selinker, Pinker & Prince. All materials will be made available through LMS. Students are encouraged to begin reading early.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • demonstrate the ability to critically discuss a range of fundamental theories of the nature of language and approaches to the analysis of its structure and use;
  • have an enhanced awareness of the range of contemporary scholarship in their discipline or interdisciplinary area;
  • demonstrate an ability to reflect on, critically evaluate and synthesise the contemporary research literatures relevant to their thesis topic;
  • formulate and present the research proposal for their confirmation; and
  • articulate the range of problems, concepts and theories relevant to their thesis and field of study.

Last updated: 3 April 2019