Linguistics

Linguistics

Major

A major in Linguistics requires 48 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 18 credit points of 3000-level selective units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level Interdisciplinary Project unit

Minor

A minor in Linguistics requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level core units
(ii) 12 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 12 credit points of 3000-level selective units

1000 level units of study

Core

LNGS1001 Structure of Language

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 5x250wd short assignments (40%), 1x1hr mid-term exam (20%), 1x2hr final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the fundamental properties of human language, with examples from languages spoken in every part of the world. We look at the sounds of human language: how the speech organs make them, and how different they can be across languages. We gain a detailed understanding of English consonants and vowels, and we learn how to transcribe them phonetically. We investigate the ways in which sounds can convey meanings, through the formation of words and sentences in English and many other languages. We see how and why English is different from Japanese, Swahili, German, or even Irish.
LNGS1002 Language and Social Context

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 5x250wd short assignments (40%), 1x1hr 1000wd equivalent mid-term exam (20%), 1x2hr 2000wd equivalent Final exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces the study of the interrelationship between language and society. It is concerned with phenomena of language change and how that leads to varieties in a language. How are these varieties linked to social differences? What distinguishes male speech from female speech or what are the linguistic styles of different social classes or ethnic groups? What is slang, or jargon, and what distinguishes a casual conversation from an interview?

2000 level units of study

Core
LNGS2601 Phonetics and Phonology

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x 1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 5x500wd assignment (60%), 1x2hr final exam (30%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Phonetics is the study of the physical properties of human speech. Phonology is the study of the representation and organization of sound in human language. This unit introduces students to these two core fields within linguistics, while also offering a brief overview of the phonetic and phonological diversity found in the world's languages. Basic phonological patterns are explored and students are given hands on practice in analysing these patterns.
LNGS2624 Grammar in the World's Languages

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points in Linguistics Assessment: 5x500wd problem sets (50%), 1x2hr problem-based exam (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
All languages can be used to build meanings of roughly equivalent complexity, but they often do this in very different ways. This core unit focuses on morphology and syntax, exploring the nature of these aspects of language, and showing how they are related to other aspects of language such as discourse and the lexicon.

3000 level units of study

Selective
LNGS3601 Semantics and Pragmatics

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (LNGS2601 and LNGS2624) or (18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature) Assessment: 1x500wd equivalent exercise (15%), 1x1000wd equivalent exercise (25%), 1x3000wd Essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Semantics deals with the meaning of words, phrases, sentences and texts, and the relations between those meanings. Pragmatics deals with how speakers use context and shared information to convey information additional to the semantic content of what they say, and with how hearers make inferences on the basis of this information. Our goal is to explore the diversity of ways in which meaning can be expressed linguistically in different languages, as well as of what constitutes evidence for meaning.
LNGS3605 Describing a Language

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: LNGS2601 and LNGS2624 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent tutorial paper (20%), 2x1000wd problem sets (30%), 1x3000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
A language other than English is chosen for analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and discourse), and for description of the ways it is used (ethnography of speaking including speech acts, speech events, registers and genres). It is examined in its areal, genetic, historical, social and typological context. We also examine sources of data and their reliability, and the way findings are presented (reference and teaching grammars and linguistic papers).
LNGS3608 Computers, Discourse, Language

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LNGS2624 Assessment: 1x1000wd corpus design and building (20%), 1x1000wd corpus analysis (20%), 1x2500wd research report (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
'Language looks different when you look at a lot of it at once.' This unit of study introduces you to the use of computer software to look at a lot of language at once: Do we refer to 'men' and 'women' equally often? What are the five most frequent words in the English language? What is the difference between 'pure' and 'sheer'? How does television dialogue differ from real-world dialogue? And how does a computer help us to answer these and similar questions?
LNGS3609 Text and Context

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LNGS2601 and LNGS2624 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 1x1000wd discourse analysis (20%), 1x1000wd discourse analysis (20%), 1x2500wd Essay (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Discourse analysis is concerned with analysing how people create meaning(s) in a given social context. In this unit students will learn to apply linguistic methods to the analysis of discourse. 'Discourse' includes both spoken and written language as well as images. Students will learn to apply a range of advanced linguistic methods to explore different discourse varieties and to study their organisation above the sentence level. A particular focus will be on the kinds of insights provided by different analytical techniques.
LNGS3610 Language Change and Variation

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001, LNGS1002, (LNGS2620 or LNGS2621) and (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603) Prohibitions: LNGS2612 Assessment: 1x4000wd staged research task (60%), 2x1000wd problem sets (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Through the study of seminal research in sociolinguistics the student is introduced to the methodology and tools used for the study of linguistic variation. The unit looks at variation and change across all the primary areas of the grammar: phonetic and phonological, lexical, syntactic semantic change and variation looking at the seminal research in each areas. Students will undertake an independent research project into a topic of variation observed in Australian English.
LNGS3612 Dynamics of Sound

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: LNGS2601 and LNGS2624 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 3x1000wd assignment (50%), 1x3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Language is a dynamic system, under constant pressures and continually evolving. Sounds and sound systems of human languages are incredibly diverse yet at the same time there are identifiable principles or factors that seem to constrain the diversity found in the phonetic and phonological systems of language. This unit examines sound systems in language, from a holistic point of view, looking at phonetic and phonological properties of sounds. Techniques are introduced to help analyse linguistic sound systems in terms of synchronic patterns and also their diachronic development.
LNGS3613 Advanced Morphology and Syntax

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week Prerequisites: LNGS2601 and LNGS2624 or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 4x750wd problem-based assignments (50%), 1x3000wd essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This elective unit explores issues and challenges at an advanced level in the analysis of word and sentence structure, and introduces a range of formal and functional models developed for the description and analysis of complex morphological and syntactic issues.
LNGS3690 Issues in Theoretical Linguistics

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 senior credit points from Linguistics Prohibitions: LNGS3914 Assessment: 1x4000wd paper (70%), 1x2000wd tutorial paper (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to the methods of linguistic argument through careful study of a current debate in theoretical linguistics. Students learn to identify and assess the underlying assumptions, to work out what evidence would confirm or disconfirm the hypotheses made by different parties in the debate, and to draw conclusions as to which hypotheses are more likely to be useful or correct. They also learn to situate the debate within the wider contexts of linguistic theories and language description. Students are asked to contact staff members to discuss potential topics.
LNGS3699 Linguistics Research Issues

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 Senior credit points from Linguistics Assessment: 1x6000wd research paper which will be done in stages and reported on through each stage and presented formally in seminar (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This advanced seminar aims to prepare students for independent research in linguistics through critical reading and discussion of current issues and approaches in theory, data, methodologies, and criticism in linguistics and related research domains.
LNGS3700 Language Diversity and Universals

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 1x 1500wd Midterm essay (20%), 1x 2500wd Final essay (40%), 4x 500wd Assignment (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Human languages show a great range of diversity in every level of structure: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and more. Yet at the same time this diversity is constrained by universal or near-universal properties. This unit examines the nature and extent of diversity in the world's languages, exploring how this diversity can be best described, analysed, and explained. Principles of Language Typology and techniques for discovering patterns and generalizations are introduced. Explanations for diversity and universals are considered.
LNGS3701 Functional Grammar

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 5x 800wd Assignment (50%), 1x 30mins Exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit takes a functional view of grammar, considering the ways in which English is organised to build up our picture of reality, to enable us to interact in conversation and to make our contribution coherent and relevant. It is designed to give students skills in the analysis of ideational, interpersonal and textual meaning in the clause, the nature of inter-clausal relations, and the structure of nominal, verbal and adverbial groups and prepositional phrases.
LNGS3702 Pragmatics - Meaning in Use

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 1x 3000wd Essay (50%), 1x 750wd Exercise (25%), 1x 750wd Exercise (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Pragmatics explores interactions of meaning and context in discourse. This unit of study introduces students to some important topics in pragmatics research: reference and speech acts, non-literal language, the role of inference and reasoning in discourse, politeness, conversation, and the ethnography of speaking.
ITLN3685 Linguistic Issues in Migration

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr seminars/week Prerequisites: ITLN2611 or ITLN2612 or ITLN2631 or ITLN2632 or ITLN3611 or ITLN3612 or ITLN3631 Prohibitions: ITLN3754 Assessment: Seminar participation (10%), 1xOral Presentation (equivalent to 1500wds) (20%), 1x1500wd class test (20%), 3xTake-home assignments (equivalent to 1000wds in total) (20%), 1x2000wd final Essay (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study examines the main linguistic phenomena that occur in the contact between majority and minority languages in a context of migration, using the Italo-Australian community as a case.

Interdisciplinary project unit

FASS3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1hr lecture/performance event week for 5 weeks 2hr workshop per week for 10 weeks 2hr online learning modules for 5 weeks Prerequisites: 18 credit points at 2000 level Assessment: 1x 2000 wds equivalent Mapping knowledge exercise (30%), 1x 10 minutes Collaborative Presentation (30%), 1x 2000 wds equivalent Critical reflection essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.

4000 level units (Advanced Coursework)

LNGS4115 The Language of Business

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 10x 150wd equivalent Quiz (20%), 1x 1500wd equivalent Presentation (30%), 1x 3000wd equivalent E-portfolio (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
What role does language play in business communication? Corporations make use of a wide range of different communicative activities, from company websites, mission statements, and corporate reports to communication on social media sites. People use language to construct and enact corporate images, workplace cultures, and leadership styles. This unit introduces students to linguistic approaches to business language, and explores the role language plays in organisations. Students will gain new insights into the surprising power of workplace discourse.
LNGS4116 Language and the Law

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x 1000wd equivalent Article Review Presentation (20%), 1x 2500wd Research Case Study (40%), 1x 2500wd Group project (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Law cannot exist without language. We look at the central role of language in the law and in legal professions. Language is the medium through which norms and laws are established, from informal agreements to ironclad contracts. Human interaction in legal processes is conducted through language, from arrests to interrogations to courtroom cross-examination and sentencing. And language is a focus of forensic work, from verifying the identity of recorded voices to determining whether an apparent suicide note was in fact written by the deceased.

Elective units in Table S

LNGS2611 Australia's Indigenous Languages

This unit of study is not available in 2018

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 Junior credit points from Linguistics or Indigenous Australian Studies Assessment: 2x1000wd problem sets (40%), 1x2500wd project (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study aims to give an overview of the languages of indigenous Australians. Of the 250 distinct Aboriginal languages spoken in 1788, most are dead or dying and just 20 languages are expected to survive another few generations. This unit of study will challenge this grim and oft-quoted statistic. We will see that new Aboriginal languages have emerged, apparently moribund languages have been gaining strength and distinctive Aboriginal ways of talking have survived. We consider why some languages have prospered while others have declined. We explore how Australian languages have responded to the challenges of non-Aboriginal settlement, in such arenas as education, land rights and health.
LNGS2617 Cross-Cultural Communication

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x1500wd presentation (25%), 1x1500wd problem set (25%), 1x3000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Intercultural communication is common, especially in today's globalized societies. It is challenging for people who engage in it, as well as for theories of communication in different societies. We consider approaches including conversation analysis, speech act theory, interactional sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, and discourse analysis. In analysing samples of cross-cultural communication we attend to how social relationships are reflected in linguistic practices. We explore applied perspectives on intercultural communication in educational, courtroom and workplace interactions.
LNGS2627 Analysing (Social) Media Discourse

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x2000wd communicative context (analysis) (30%), 1x15min presentation (1500wd equiv) (30%), 1x2500wd linguistic interpretation (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
'You won't believe what happens next (and it's not what you think)'. This unit examines linguistic approaches to media discourse. The language of news texts and social media will form a special focus of the unit. We will explore general aspects of media institutions, the ways in which social identities are constructed in the media, differences between the language of various types of media texts, and relationships between words and images.
LNGS2628 Digital Tools for the Humanities

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 24 credit points at 1000 level in Linguistics Assessment: 1x 1500wd equivalent Video (20%), 1x 1500wd equivalent Presentation (15 mins) (30%), 1x 3000wd equivalent E-portfolio (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
New technologies are developing at a rapid pace and have enabled significant breakthroughs in collecting, analysing and visualising the textual data that are at the heart of many subjects. This interdisciplinary unit will teach students how to use computer and digital tools for the collection or analysis of spoken/written discourse, for example social media, literature, fieldwork data, corporate communication, foreign language, interviews, news discourse and many more. The emphasis is on easy-to-use tools and no prior technical expertise is required.

Honours

Honours seminar units

Honours in Linguistics requires 48 credit points including:
(i) 12 credit points of honours seminar units
(ii) 36 credit points of honours thesis units
LNGS4113 Language in Context

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x 500wd Discussion points (10%), 1x 1500wd Presentation (20%), 1 x 4000wd Essay (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Language in Context: from Foundations to Cutting Edge' will focus on paired readings (one reaching back to the foundations of the discipline, the other one looking forward from the frontiers of current understandings). These will relate to language in context (in all relevant senses, from society to culture, from conversation to text, within and across modalities), including but not limited to empirical, analytical, theoretical, applied, methodological, and epistemological issues, at an advanced level.
LNGS4114 Structure in Language

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x500wd Discussion points (10%), 1x 1500wd Presentation (20%), 1x 4000wd Essay (70%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Structure in Language: from Foundations to Cutting Edge' will focus on paired readings (one reaching back to the foundations of the discipline, the other one looking forward from the frontiers of current understandings). These will relate to structure in language (at all levels, from sound to morphosyntax to discourse), including but not limited to empirical, analytical, theoretical, applied, methodological, and epistemological issues, at an advanced level.

Honours thesis units

LNGS4111 Linguistics Honours Thesis 1

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr supervision meetings/week Mode of delivery: Supervision
This unit will support the development of students' research theses. The unit will include an orientation to their honours year, thesis development workshops, regular student-supervisor consultations and preliminary thesis writing.
LNGS4112 Linguistics Honours Thesis 2

Credit points: 24 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 7x 0.5hr supervision meetings/semester on average Assessment: 1x 18000wd Thesis (100%) Mode of delivery: Supervision
This unit requires students to complete an 18 000 word original piece of sustained and advanced research in Linguistics, with supervision from a member of the Department guiding the research and writing process.

Advanced coursework

The requirements for advanced coursework in Linguistics are described in the degree resolutions for the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies.
24-36 credit points of advanced study will be included in the table for 2019