2010 Course Handbook
LING110: Language: Its Structure and Use
This unit examines how language is structured in terms of sounds (phonetics), words (morphology) and grammatical rules (syntax). The core theories of linguistics are presented using examples from English, and students test and practise rules and processes using English and a range of the world's languages. Universal aspects such as language acquisition, and brain and language are explored. Language use in everyday conversation is examined, and issues of importance around the world, such as language change, standardisation, and concepts of linguistic—correctness—are discussed. The unit shows how different groups use language to express social and cultural identity, and in this context the talk of women and men, and people of different ages, ethnic backgrounds and physical abilities are explored. Examples from Australian English are compared with illustrations of linguistic use around the world. Contemporary innovations in language driven by the needs of electronic media and current business practice are examined. The unit is both theoretical and practical, linking linguistic structure to everyday language use. The unit develops the skills to analyse language in a range of social and cultural contexts. The unit provides a thorough grounding for further studies in linguistics, and is also a suitable unit for students wishing to advance their knowledge of language use in Australia and around the world.
D2 - Day; Offered in the second half-year
E2 - Evening; Offered in the second half-year
|Staff Contact(s):||Dr Jennifer Peck, Dr Rosalind Thornton|
Department of Linguistics
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