Faculty of Arts


LINGUIST 100

Introduction to Linguistics


Description

LINGUISTICS 100 is your introduction to the major subfields of Linguistics: phonetics & phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics and the scientific methodology used to describe them.

The human capacity for language makes us unique in the animal world. Linguists seek to explain what exactly ‘language’ is, what its properties are and which of them are universal.  Linguistics as a discipline is a relatively recent phenomenon, but records show that our capacity for language has occupied the thoughts of scholars for thousands of years.  Like the ancients, modern linguists also want to know how language developed, how it has evolved and why only humans?  Specialists in the various subfields of Linguistics deal with these questions on a daily basis.  However, unlike the ancients, linguists apply scientific principles to data to compare and weigh evidence, draw conclusions, formulate and refute theories.

Note though that general linguistic knowledge is not the preserve of academia. In fact it has a wide range of applications outside the academic environment in areas as diverse as speech therapy, artificial speech synthesis, constructed languages, language forensics, law interpretation, language teaching, writing, editing and publishing.

Availability 2018

Semester 2

Lecturer(s)

Lecturer(s) Dr Keith Montgomery

Reading/Texts

Fromkin, V et al. An Introduction to Language (8th or 9th edition), Melbourne: Cengage Learning. 2013.

Assessment

40% coursework (4 x 5% online quizzes, 1 x 20% take-home assignment)

60% exam

Points

LINGUIST 100: 15.0 points

Restrictions

LINGUIST 103


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