• Class Number 2043
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • COURSE CONVENER
    • Dr Jennifer Hendriks
  • LECTURER
    • Dr Jennifer Hendriks
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course gives an introduction to human language, its structure and how it can be described and analysed, as well as what all human languages have in common and how they differ. 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 of a second language. The course will be of interest to any student who wishes to learn more about language and is an essential foundation for further studies in linguistics.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills 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.

Research-Led Teaching

The data discussed in the lectures and the tutorials will include primary data collected as part of lecturer’s and/or tutors’ own fieldwork or that of other colleagues. The students will therefore have the opportunity to attempt original analysis of real research data.

Additional Course Costs

Students will be expected to obtain access to the assigned textbook which can be purchased new from Harry Hartog (Kambri, ANU) or other booksellers.

Examination Material or equipment

All materials are permitted except ANU library books and electronic devices. Students are permitted foreign language dictionaries as long as they have not been written in at all.

Required Resources

The textbook for the course is: Genetti, Carol (editor). 2019. How languages work. Second edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Refer to Wattle for recommended resources.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Verbal feedback will be provided on weekly tutorial preparation tasks and on assignments (weeks 7, 9, 11) during tutorials. Solutions to weekly tutorial preparation tasks will be posted on Wattle after all tutorials have taken place for that week.
  • Written feedback using Turnitin Quick Marks will be provided for each analytical assignment.
  • The opportunity for further individual verbal feedback will be available during office hours or by appointment on any assignment, tutorial problem or the final exam.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction: What is language? What is linguistics? None.
2 Phonetics: vowels & consonants None.
3 Phonetics: suprasegmentals; Phonology: phonemes & phonemic analysis Tutorial Preparation Task 1 due at the start of the week.
4 Phonology: phonemes & phonemic analysis (continued); distinctive features Tutorial Preparation Task 2 due at the start of the week.
5 Phonology: phonotactics & phonemic typology; Morphology: words & morphemes Tutorial Preparation Task 3 due at the start of the week.
6 Morphology: morphological analysis; Syntax: basic concepts & word classes Tutorial Preparation Task 4 due at the start of the week; Assignment 1 due Monday, 1 April by 12pm (noon).
7 Syntax: constituent analysis and phrase structure Tutorial Preparation Task 5 due at the start of the week.
8 Syntax: constituent analysis and phrase structure (continued); grammatical relations & syntactic processes Tutorial Preparation Task 6 due at the start of the week. Assignment 2 due Monday, 29 April by 12pm (noon).
9 Morphological / Syntactic Typology Semantics: describing meaning & dictionaries Tutorial Preparation Task 7 due at the start of the week.
10 Semantics: lexical relations & semantic typology Pragmatics: information structure. Tutorial Preparation Task 8 due at the start of the week. Assignment 3 due Monday, 13 May by 12pm (noon).
11 Language across space and time Tutorial Preparation Task 9 due at the start of the week.
12 Revision: ‘Pulling it all together’; Language vs other semiotic systems Tutorial Preparation Task 10 due at the start of the week.

Tutorial Registration

Use the link on the LING1001 Wattle site to sign up for one weekly tutorial.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Participation and Tutorial Preparation Tasks 10 % 01/01/2029 02/02/2029 1, 2
Analytical assignment 1 – Phonetics and phonology 10 % 01/04/2019 10/04/2019 1, 2, 3
Analytical assignment 2 – Morphology 15 % 29/04/2019 06/05/2019 1, 2, 3
Analytical assignment 3 – Syntax 15 % 13/05/2019 20/05/2019 1, 2, 3
Final Examination 50 % 01/01/2029 02/02/2029 1, 2, 3

Policies

ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using 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. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Participation

Attendance at lectures and tutorials is expected. While lecture materials and recordings will be made available electronically, there is no guarantee against technical issues that occasionally cause recordings to fail, audio to be inaudible, or other issues. Comments or questions by students may also not be audible on the recording.

There is no formal mark for “participation”, but students who attend regularly and participate fully by asking questions, attempting to answer questions, taking good notes, and doing the readings almost always get the highest marks on the assessment tasks.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2

Participation and Tutorial Preparation Tasks

Tutorial Preparation Tasks (practice data analysis problems) will contribute to 10% of your grade. Students who show evidence of a satisfactory level of work on at least five of these problems, and attend the tutorial in which they are discussed, will be awarded up to 2 points per problem to a maximum of 10 points. Refer to the LING1001 Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 10/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Analytical assignment 1 – Phonetics and phonology

Some data (language examples from unknown languages) will be presented and questions asked that require students to apply concepts learned in class to these data. Students will need to be able to identify phonetic features of sounds in English and/or non-English words, apply the concept of natural classes, and identify phonological rules, using appropriate terminology and notation. Students must complete their assignment independently and not their discuss answers with any other student. Collusion will be treated in accordance with CASS academic dishonesty policy.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 29/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 06/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Analytical assignment 2 – Morphology

Some data (language examples from unknown languages) will be presented and questions asked that require students to apply concepts learned in class to these data. Students will need to be able to segment words into their meaningful parts, identify word classes, identify morphological rules and describe these concepts using appropriate linguistic terminology and notation. Students must complete their assignment independently and not their discuss answers with any other student. Collusion will be treated in accordance with CASS academic dishonesty policy.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 13/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 20/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Analytical assignment 3 – Syntax

Some data (language examples from unknown languages) will be presented and questions asked that require students to apply concepts learned in class to these data. Students will need to be able to identify syntactic constituents, draw tree diagrams, and explain how these relate to the interpretation of phrases, and identify and explain the way an unknown language codes its argument structure. Students must complete their assignment independently and not their discuss answers with any other student. Collusion will be treated in accordance with CASS academic dishonesty policy.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 02/02/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Final Examination

There is a final examination during the examination period. All materials (notes, the textbook, etc.) except ANU library books and electronic devices will be permitted for the final exam. Exams are scheduled centrally, not by the lecturer, and dates are not announced until later in the semester. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are present when the examination is held and should therefore not plan any travel for the examination period until after the examination timetable has been finalised.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education), submission of your assignments must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified for the return of the assessment item.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Jennifer Hendriks
6125 3695
jennifer.hendriks@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Historical sociolinguistics with specific reference to the history of the Dutch and German languages; language/dialect contact, standard language ideology and language change

Dr Jennifer Hendriks

Thursday 13:30 14:30
Thursday 13:30 14:30
Dr Jennifer Hendriks
6125 3695
jennifer.hendriks@anu.edu.au

Research Interests


Dr Jennifer Hendriks

Thursday 13:30 14:30
Thursday 13:30 14:30

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