|Year of offer||2019|
|Subject level||Undergraduate Level 1|
|Fees||Subject 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.
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.
Eligibility and requirements
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
- 3 problem-solving assignments (equivalent to 2000 words total) distributed throughout the semester [50%]
- 2-hour exam (equivalent to 2000 words) during the examination period [50%]
Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.
Dates & times
- Semester 2
Coordinator Peter Hurst Mode of delivery On Campus — Parkville Contact hours 35 hours: 2 x 1 hour lecture and a 1 hour tutorial per week. There will be no tutorials in first week of semester. Total time commitment 170 hours Teaching period 29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019 Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019 Census date 31 August 2019 Last date to withdraw without fail 27 September 2019 Assessment period ends 22 November 2019
Semester 2 contact information
Time commitment details
An Introduction to Language (Australian edition) (Fromkin et al (eds)) Latest edition
- Related Handbook entries
This subject contributes to the following:
Type Name Informal specialisation English Language - 200 Point Program Major Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Informal specialisation Language Testing - 200 Point Program Informal specialisation Technology in Language Learning - 200 Point Program Informal specialisation TESOL - 200 Point Program Minor English Language Studies Breadth track Linguistics: English Language Studies Breadth track Linguistics: Language Structure and Analysis
- Breadth options
- Available through the Community Access Program
About the Community Access Program (CAP)
This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.
Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.
- Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students
This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.