Linguistics

Linguistics

LNGS1001 Structure of Language

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: LNGS1004, LNGS1005 Assessment: 10x150wd short problem based assignments (30%), 1x1hr 1000wd equivalent mid-term exam (20%), 1x2hr 2000wd equivalent Final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
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?
LNGS1801 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS2602 Syntax

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr workshop/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001 Prohibitions: LNGS2002 Assessment: 5x500wd problem sets (60%), 1x2hr 2000wd equivalent problem based exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Syntax deals with how we combine words into phrases, clauses and sentences and how we understand these combinations. Syntax is almost purely internal to language and plays a major role in organising the language system. We look at syntactic concepts in English, languages of Europe and Asia, and those of small traditional communities around the world. Using a problem solving approach, we develop explicit models to describe syntactic phenomena that allow generalisations leading to testable predictions about possible structures.
LNGS2603 Functional Grammar

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr workshop/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001 Prohibitions: LNGS2003 Assessment: 5x500wd term assignments (50%), 1x2hr 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 analysis 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.
LNGS2613 Computer Applications in Linguistics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week Prerequisites: (LNGS1001) or (12 Senior credit points from Digital Cultures) Prohibitions: LNGS2027, LNGS2007 Assessment: 6x1000wd Written assignments (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study introduces students to the many uses of computers in the humanities with specific reference to linguistics: computer lexicography; building and searching text corpora, examining speech signals, collocations, style, authorship, discourse structure and syntactic constructions. Accessing information on languages and linguistics through library catalogues, electronic mailing lists, FTP sites and the World Wide Web. Other linguistics units (like phonetics, field methods, historical linguistics and semantics) will benefit from some basic knowledge of the use of computers.
LNGS2615 Language, Brain and Mind

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points from (LNGS1001, LNGS1002, LNGS2620 and LNGS2621) Assessment: 1x3000wd research paper (50%), 1x2000wd mid-term paper (30%), 1x1000wd book review (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
We will discuss current findings in the field of psycholinguistics. How is language represented and processed or computed by the brain. We will look at experimental work considering the methods and results in an effort to understand the apparent ease with which language is used in everyday life as well as considering the implications of psycholinguistic research for linguistic theory. Topics discussed: language and the brain, speech perception, the mental lexicon and lexical retrieval, sentence and discourse comprehension, language production, language and cognition, nativism.
LNGS2616 Historical Linguistics

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr lecture/week Prerequisites: LNGS2621 or LNGS2601 Prohibitions: LNGS2009 Assessment: Problem sets and 2x in-class exams totalling 6000 words Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit looks at the mechanisms of change within a particular language as well as across groups of related languages. This raises the question of how languages can be related: whether through sharing a common ancestor; by being in contact for a long time or by being consciously planned. In each instance we must either rely on knowledge we can gain from languages still in use or on records of extinct languages or earlier stages of existing languages. Because the records are often sparse it becomes necessary to reconstruct earlier stages and the unit provides the tools for undertaking a reconstruction. Once we reconstruct a common ancestor language we are then able to make inferences about the culture of the people who spoke it as well as where they lived and how they moved about. Each level of linguistic structure is relevant to the study of language change so that the unit considers how sounds systems change over time as well as changes in meanings and grammatical systems.
LNGS2617 Cross-Cultural Communication

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: (12 Junior credit points from (LNGS1001, LNGS1002, LNGS1003, LNGS1004, LNGS1005)) or (Credit average in 12 Senior credit points from one of the foreign languages (French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, German, Latin, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Korean, Thai, Yiddish, Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic, Sanskrit) Prohibitions: LNGS3923, LNGS3903 Assessment: 1x1500wd presentation (25%), 1x1500wd problem set (25%), 1x3000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
In today's globalized and multicultural societies, intercultural communication is common. It challenges people who engage in it, and theories of communication in different societies (i.e. cross-cultural communication). We consider approaches including conversation analysis, speech act theory, interactional sociolinguistics, the ethnography of communication, and discourse analysis. In analysing samples of cross-cultural communication we attend to how social relationships between participants are reflected in their linguistic practices. We explore applied perspectives on intercultural communication in educational, courtroom and workplace interactions.
LNGS2620 Phonetics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr lab/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001 Prohibitions: LNGS2601 Assessment: 4x250wd short assessments (30%), 3x100wd transcription tasks (20%), 1x1000wd mid-term exam (20%), 1x2000wd final exam (30%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
This unit will provide an introduction to the study of articulatory, acoustic and perceptual phonetics. Approaching the study of phonetics from both the theoretical and practical sides, students will learn about the anatomical and physiological bases of the production of speech sounds. They will learn to produce and discern a wide range of the sounds observed in human languages and have practise in transcribing these sounds as well as applying these skills to the wider field of transcription, for example song texts/musical transcription. An introduction to the physical (acoustic) properties of speech sounds provides the basis for an understanding of what acoustic factors matter in speech perception.
LNGS2621 Phonology

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001 Prohibitions: LNGS2601 Assessment: 5x400wd problem sets (45%), 1x1000wd mid-term exam (20%), 1x2000wd Final exam (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
This unit will provide a foundation in the principles and methods of linguistic argumentation particularly with respect to phonological analysis and the interaction of phonetics and phonology. Topics include: basic phonological analysis; distinctive features, underlying representations, abstractness, rules and constraints, the role and function of prosodic structure: the prosodic hierarchy syllables, tone and stress, markedness.
LNGS2805 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS2806 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS2809 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS2810 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS2811 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS2812 Linguistics Exchange

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Students enrolled at Sydney University who wish to take the equivalent of a 6 credit-point senior unit of study in Linguistics at an approved overseas university should enrol in this unit. Such students must seek approval for their proposed course of study from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Linguistics.
LNGS3601 Semantics and Pragmatics

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: (LNGS1001, LNGS1002, (LNGS2620 or LNGS2621) and (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603)) or (18 Senior credit points from English or Australian Literature) Prohibitions: LNGS3026, LNGS3006 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.
LNGS3604 Field Methods

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week, 1x1/2-hr consultation/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001, LNGS1002, (LNGS2620 or LNGS2621) and (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603) Assessment: 2x1500wd assignments, 1x3000wd assignment Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
Techniques for eliciting, recording and analysing linguistic data collected from a speaker of a previously undescribed language. Formal elicitation of individual words and simple phrases. Analysis of the phonology and basic morphology of the language. Text collection. Individual focus on some aspect of the phonological, lexicogrammatical or semantic system of the language.
LNGS3605 Structure and Use of a Language

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001, LNGS1002, (LNGS2620 or LNGS2621) and (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603) Assessment: 1x1000wd equivalent tutorial paper (20%), 2x1000wd problem sets (30%), 1x3000wd Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
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

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: (LNGS1001, LNGS1002, (LNGS2620 or LNGS2621) and (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603)) or (LNGS1001, (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603) and 6 Senior credit points from Digital Cultures) Assessment: 1x1000wd corpus design, building and discussion (20%), 1x2000wd corpus analysis (30%), 1x3000wd Research essay (50%) 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 Discourse Analysis

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: LNGS1001, LNGS1002, (LNGS2620 or LNGS2621) and (LNGS2602 or LNGS2603) Prohibitions: LNGS2604, LNGS2004, LNGS2604 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.
LNGS3690 Issues in Theoretical Linguistics

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 senior credit points from Linguistics. The units must include (LNGS2601 or LNGS2001) and (at least one of LNGS2602, LNGS2002, LNGS2003, LNGS2603) 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.
LNGS3692 Media Discourse

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: LNGS2602 or LNGS2603 or LNGS2604 Prohibitions: LNGS3912 Assessment: 1x1500wd assignment (20%), 1x2000wd assignment (30%), 1x2500wd assignment (40%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
'Sexy, healthy and 100% Australian-owned!' This unit examines linguistic approaches to media discourse. The language of news texts and television series will form a special focus of the unit, along with how images are used to construe meaning. We will explore general aspects of media institutions (news and television), the ways in which social identities are constructed in the media, differences between the language of various types of media texts, the rhetoric of persuasion and the discourses of popular culture.
LNGS3694 Language and Identity

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 Senior credit points from Linguistics or the following foreign languages (French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, German, Latin, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Korean, Thai, Yiddish, Hebrew, Syriac, Aramaic, Sanskrit, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse). Other language units require department permission. Prohibitions: LNGS3927, LNGS3907 Assessment: 1x1000wd assignment (15%), 1x2000wd assignment (30%), 1x3000wd assignment (45%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
The unit explores expressions of social identities and relationships through language, including the connection between social groups (e.g. gender, ethnicity, age) and language use. It familiarises students with theories that explore relationships between language and identity construction/perception. The unit also equips the students with the necessary tools to critically engage with and analyse the issues of language and identity in various contexts.
LNGS3696 Bilingualism

This unit of study is not available in 2015

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1-hr lectures/week Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 senior credit points from Linguistics or the following foreign languages (French, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Arabic, Spanish, German, Latin, Modern Greek, Ancient Greek, Indonesian, Malay, Korean, Thai, Yiddish, Hebrew, Syriac,Aramaic, Sanskrit, Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse). Other language units require department permission. Prohibitions: LNGS3929 Assessment: 3x2000wd assignments (100%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
The majority of the world's population are bi- or multilingual. Even so, monolingualism often gets treated as the norm. This unit explores individual and societal aspects of bilingualism, which will be defined broadly as the use of two or more languages on a regular basis.
LNGS3699 Linguistics Research Issues

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: Credit average in 18 Senior credit points from Linguistics including 12 credit points from (LNGS2601, LNGS2001, LNGS2602, LNGS2002, LNGS2603, LNGS2003, LNGS2604, LNGS2004, LNGS2620, LNGS2621) Prohibitions: LNGS3940 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
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Note: This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit to students enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.
This seminar aims to prepare students for research in linguistics through critical reading and discussion of current issues and approaches in research and criticism, focussing on a particular subfield of linguistics.
LNGS4011 Linguistics Honours A

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Assessment: 1x18000-20000wd thesis (50%) and 2 seminars x 6000-8000wds of written work or its equivalent per seminar (50%) OR 1x12000-15000wd thesis (40%) and 3 seminars x 6000-8000wds of written work or its equivalent per seminar (60%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Honours is an intensive year-long program of advanced study based around research. Honours is undertaken after successful completion of a Bachelor degree and where the overall mark is a minimum credit average (70%). Entry into Honours is selective and work at this level is challenging. Honours is available in most subjects areas taught in the Faculty, and which are listed under Tables A and B in the Handbook. Students will complete a thesis and coursework seminars throughout the year. For further information contact the Honours Coordinator in the department or consult the Handbook entry for the relevant subject area.
LNGS4012 Linguistics Honours B

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: LNGS4011 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to LNGS4011
LNGS4013 Linguistics Honours C

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: LNGS4012 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to LNGS4011
LNGS4014 Linguistics Honours D

Credit points: 12 Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Corequisites: LNGS4013 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Refer to LNGS4011