• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest English, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Literature, Language Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course LING2020
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Speakers and writers organise the elements of the English language to convey messages which can be instantly decoded by listeners or by readers. We investigate the elements of grammar (syntax and morphology), as well as exploring connections between grammar and meaning (semantics). We begin with the grammar of Standard Modern English, learning terms and analytical techniques which linguists use to study and describe grammar. The structural characteristics of English are compared with those of other languages. We then examine variation in English, including regional dialects, social and stylistic variation.  Special attention is paid to 'new Englishes'  which are varieties of English that exist alongside other languages in bi- or multilingual contexts such as in Singapore or India.

Note: While the course is not aimed at improving the English of non-native speakers, students with English as a second language should find that this course will improve their understanding of the workings of the language at a deep level and have practical effects in helping them to eliminate systematic errors in their English.  These students as well as native speakers of English will learn metalanguage which will be of assistance to them in understanding and acting on constructive criticisms made by teachers on the language of their essays and other writing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Analyse a wide range of English syntactic and morphological structures, applying the grammatical terminology and analytical techniques they have learned in the course.
  2. Systematically analyse differences between different varieties of English.
  3. Use the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online and demonstrate  understanding of the information provided in the entries and also the ability to use the advanced search functions of this dictionary.
  4. Demonstrate their understanding of different approaches to one area of English grammar through a written report which summarises key similarities and differences in assigned readings on this area.
  5. Undertake guided research on a topic in some area relating to issues discussed in the course.
  6. Demonstrate their understanding of different approaches to one area of English grammar through a written report which summarises key similarities and differences in assigned readings on this area.

Indicative Assessment

Five tutorial assignments, 1 page each (2% each for a total of 10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Analytical assignment, 1-2 pages of data; 3-5 pages of answers (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
In-class exam, 50 min (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Research paper, 2500 words (35%)  [Learning Outcome 5,6]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING1020 or LING2020. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7195 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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