Units of Study

ENGL2653 - Western Theories of Language

Semester 1, 2018  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Nick Riemer
Phone: +61 2 9036 7039
Email: nick.riemer@sydney.edu.au


An introduction to the history of Western ideas about the structure, origin and use of language, with a particular focus on theories of English grammar and on the main theoretical developments of the 20th century. Students will consider the evolution of grammatical and rhetorical thought with reference both to the inherent constraints on linguistic theorizing, and to the varying ideological currents that have shaped Western ideas on language structure and use from antiquity to the present.


1x500wd tutorial notes (10%), 1x2000wd essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (40%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 Junior credit points in English or (6 Junior credit points in English and AMST1001) or (12 junior credit points in Linguistics)



Please Note: This timetable is a draft timetable and subject to change.


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm






  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm





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