- Class Number 4532
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
- Dr Jennifer Hendriks
- Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
This course covers the foundations of the study of human language; its structure and how it can be described and analysed. Students will discover what all human languages have in common and how they differ. The methodology of linguistics (the scientific study of language) is introduced, focusing on approaches to representing and accounting for linguistic patterns. The aim of the course is to give a comprehensive conceptual framework for (1) thinking about and discussing diverse languages and language-related topics, (2) aiding the acquisition and teaching of a second language, and (3) applying and communicating detailed linguistic knowledge in a range of settings. 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe structural aspects of language in detail (e.g., speech sounds, words and sentences);
- apply a range of linguistic analytical techniques to diverse languages;
- demonstrate in depth understanding of how the systems of a language interact with each other to connect meaning to form;
- undertake guided research into topics in human language;
- communicate about language and linguistics to specialist and general audiences.
The data discussed in the lectures and the tutorials will include primary data collected as part of lecturers' 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.
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.
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 as well as for the essay.
- 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.
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|Summary of Activities
|Introduction: What is language? What is linguistics?
|Phonetics: vowels & consonants
|Phonetics: suprasegmentals; Phonology: phonemes & phonemic analysis
|Tutorial Preparation Task 1 due at the start of the week.
|Phonology: phonemes & phonemic analysis (continued); distinctive features
|Tutorial Preparation Task 2 due at the start of the week.
|Phonology: phonotactics & phonemic typology; Morphology: words & morphemes
|Tutorial Preparation Task 3 due at the start of the week. Assignment 1 due
|Morphology: morphological analysis; Morphosyntax: basic concepts & word classes
|Tutorial Preparation Task 4 due at the start of the week.
|Syntax: constituent analysis and phrase structure
|Tutorial Preparation Task 5 due at the start of the week. Assignment 2 due
|Syntax: constituent analysis and phrase structure (continued); grammatical relations & syntactic processes
|Tutorial Preparation Task 6 due at the start of the week.
|Morphological / Syntactic Typology Semantics: describing meaning & dictionaries
|Tutorial Preparation Task 7 due at the start of the week. Assignment 3 due
|Semantics: lexical relations & semantic typology Pragmatics: information structure.
|Tutorial Preparation Task 8 due at the start of the week.
|Language across space and time
|Tutorial Preparation Task 9 due at the start of the week.
|Revision: ‘Pulling it all together’; Language vs other semiotic systems
|Tutorial Preparation Task 10 due at the start of the week.
|Participation and Tutorial Preparation Tasks
|Analytical assignment 1 – Phonetics and phonology
|1, 2, 3
|Analytical assignment 2 – Morphology
|1, 2, 3
|Analytical assignment 3 – Syntax
|1, 2, 3
|1, 2, 4
|1, 2, 3
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
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
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Participation and Tutorial Preparation Tasks
Tutorial Preparation Tasks (practice data analysis problems) will contribute to 5% 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 1 point per problem to a maximum of 5 points. Refer to the Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Analytical assignment 1 – Phonetics and phonology
Assignment 1 will contribute to 10% of your grade. 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. Refer to the Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Analytical assignment 2 – Morphology
Assignment 2 will contribute to 15% of your grade. 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. Refer to the Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
Analytical assignment 3 – Syntax
Assignment 3 will contribute to 15% of your grade. 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. Refer to the Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 4
Essay will contribute to 15% of your grade. The short essay (approx. 1200 words) requires students to read more deeply about some aspect of human language and demonstrate that they have understood what they have read as well as evaluate different positions. A list of topics will be provided in week 7. Students may write on a different topic of their choice only with the approval of the convenor. The essay must be the student's own work and may not have been submitted for any other course concurrently or in the past. Collusion will be treated in accordance with CASS academic dishonesty policy. Refer to the Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3
There is a final examination worth 40% during the examination period. Students are responsible for ensuring that they are present during the scheduled examination time and should therefore not plan any travel for the examination period until after the examination timetable has been finalised. Refer to the Course Assessment Book on Wattle for further details.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
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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 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 in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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Sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, phonetics, second language acquisition
Dr Ksenia Gnevsheva
Dr Jennifer Hendriks