- Code LING6020
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest English, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Literature, Language Studies
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.
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 AssessmentTwo 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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Workload2 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
No prior assumed knowledge.
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|18 Jul 2016
|29 Jul 2016
|31 Aug 2016
|28 Oct 2016