• 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 PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Jane Simpson
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able 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 and the LING 6020 readings.

2. Systematically analyse differences between different varieties of English.

3. Use the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online and demonstrate their 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.

Indicative Assessment

Two analytical assignments (2-3 pages of data; 3-4 pages of answers, 25% each) [LOs 1-3]

Literature Review of 1500-1800 words (20%) [LO 4]

Research Paper of 2800-3000 words(30%) [LO 5]

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2 hours of lectures per week for 13 weeks.

1 hour of tutorial per week for 12 weeks.

Students can expect a workload of 10 hours per week including contact hours, totaling 130 hours over the semester.

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.

Assumed Knowledge

No prior assumed knowledge.



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.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1262 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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