Units of Study

LNGS1001 - Structure of Language

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Prof William Foley


This unit is a comparative look at the general structure of human language. It looks at the sounds of human language: how the speech organs make them and their variety, in particular, a detailed description of English consonants and vowels and how to transcribe them. It investigates what is a possible word in English and other languages. It looks at the way speakers put words together to form sentences and how and why is English different from Japanese or even Irish.


10x150wd short problem based assignments (30%), 1x1hr (1000wd) equivalent mid-term exam (20%) and 1x2hr (2000wd) equivalent final exam (50%)


V. Fromkin, R. Rodman, N. Hyams, P. Collins, M. Amberber and Mark Harvey. 2009. An Introduction to Language. Cengage Learning. Sixth Edition


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


LNGS1004, LNGS1005

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