• 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 Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jennifer Hendriks
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course gives an introduction to human language, its structure and how it can be described and analysed. The methodology of linguistics (the scientific study of language) is introduced, focusing on the formulation of generalisations that say what all human languages share. The aim of the unit is to give a conceptual framework for (1) thinking about and discussing language and language-related topics, and (2) aiding the acquisition and teaching of a second language. and (3) pursuing further study of linguistics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  1. Demonstrate their ability to describe properly basic aspects of language structure like speech sounds, words and sentences.
  2. Apply basic linguistic analytical techniques to languages that are unfamiliar to them.
  3. Demonstrate their understanding of how the systems of a language interact with each other to connect meaning to form.
  4. Undertake guided research into topics in human language.

Indicative Assessment

Assignment 1 (10%) (1-2 pages of data; 2-4 pages of answer)  [LO's 1,2,3]

Assignment 2 (15%) (1-2 pages of data; 2-4 pages of answer)  [LO's 1,2,3]

Assignment 3 (15%) (1-2 pages of data; 2-4 pages of answer) [LO's 1,2,3]

Tutorial problems (5%) (1 hour preparation each) [LO's 1,2]

Essay of 1200 words (15%) [LO 4]

3 hour final formal examination (40%) [LO's 1,2,3]

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Weekly: 2 x 1 hour lectures;  1 x 1 hour tutorial;  7 hours other: assignments; reading.

3 hours weekly contact plus 7 hours study per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING1001 or LING2001. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Details available on Wattle site.



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:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1074 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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