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Australian National University

  • Code LING6522
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career Graduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Anna Wierzbicka
  • Mode of delivery Blended

This course provides practical training for anyone interested in the study of meaning, intercultural communication, or translation. It focuses on basic and universal human concepts and their role as a tool for comparing and explaining meanings across languages and cultures. The course explores semantic universals and their implications for semantic analysis on all levels of language, including lexicon, grammar and discourse. The course aims at improving the student's skills in exploring and describing the meaning of words, constructions and whole texts in the context of the study of languages and the 'stream of life'.

Learning Outcomes

Upon succesful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Analyse the meaning of words, phrases and grammatical constructions in different languages.
2. Articulate the meaning of expressions through the natural semantic metalanguage in a precise and clear way.
3. Articulate cultural norms through 'cultural scripts'.
4. Clarify ideas, values and norms through simple and universal concepts.
5. Participate effectively in a collective thinking process leading towards a consensus about the meaning of expressions and ideas.

Indicative Assessment

Two 3,000 word essays (45% each) and class participation, including class presentation (10%).

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

10 hours of work per week: 2 weekly contact hours, plus 8 hours of regular work per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING2008. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Information about the textbook and required readings will be available on Wattle.

Indicative Reading List

 


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Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. 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

Terms

Second Semester, 2015

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
2327 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015

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