• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Language Studies

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of the morphosyntactic structures of human languages, and of the concepts, goals and methodologies used in studying them. Students will gain practical experience in solving structural problems, considering data from different languages. Topics covered include both morphology and syntax, formal and functional approaches, and different theoretical frameworks, such as Minimalist Program, Lexical Functional Grammar, and probabilistic grammar.

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 an understanding of the morphosyntactic structures of human languages through applying linguistic theories to solve problems encountered in linguistic data from a range of languages;
  2. understand how people use morphosyntactic systems in languages to communicate;
  3. use basic tools of modern approaches to morphosyntax to analyse certain grammatical structures of English and a range of other languages;
  4. carry out research applying relevant theoretical approaches to the analysis of morphosyntactic structures of a language or languages; and
  5. engage with  literature that applies syntactic theory to a range of linguistic phenomena, allowing  evaluation of popular beliefs and arguments concerning the morphosyntax of languages.

Indicative Assessment

Four analysis tasks, 400 words each (12.5% each for a total of 50%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3
Research essay, 2000 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 24 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed LING2003, or with permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2026 or LING6026.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed texts and readings will be posted on Wattle.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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
8675 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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