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The Secret Life of Language (LING10001)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeLING10001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Have you ever wondered how language actually works? Or how it can be that a 6 year-old child can know more about their native language than the most sophisticated computers? This subject is a practical introduction to the nature of human language which gives a conceptual framework for discussing language and provides the tools required to analyse and describe all of the world's 6000+ languages. Central areas of linguistics will be covered using data from languages from all over the world, including speech sounds, word structure, sentence structure, meaning, language learning, and language change.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should have:

  • explored the general nature of human language;
  • learnt how language can be described and analysed;
  • gained a conceptual framework for thinking about and discussing language;
  • developed simple analytic skills as applied to language;
  • attained a broad overview of academic approaches to the analysis of language;
  • develop foundational discipline-specific research skills in analysing and describing languages from around the world;
  • become acquainted with the use of learning and research technologies (LMS, library) to solve linguistic tasks;
  • engaged in pedagogically led interactions in the classroom around problems and tasks in Linguistics;
  • developed an understanding of linguistic, social and cultural diversity in the university and wider community.

Generic skills

At the completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically
  • have developed skill in critical thinking and analysis;
  • have gained skills in observation and attention to detail;
  • have developed skills in thinking in theoretical terms.

Last updated: 11 October 2019