• 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, Translation Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Danielle Barth
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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In this course students will become acquainted with the fundamental concepts of syntax and morphology, and will learn about a wide variety of sentence and word structures found across the world's languages. They will develop skills in syntactic analysis, applying them to a variety of languages, including languages unfamiliar to them.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. read and critically evaluate a wide range of literature about word and sentence structure;
  2. apply a wide range of concepts and terms from syntax and morphology to data that exemplify them;
  3. solve complex problems in grammatical analysis;
  4. undertake guided research in the grammatical structure of languages of different types; and
  5. critically evaluate the suitability of morphosyntactic frameworks for descriptive projects in different kinds of languages.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Analysis problems (2 pages of data requiring 4 pages of analysis) x 2 (15% each for a total of 30%) (30) [LO 2,3]
  2. Plan for Research Report, 500 words (5%) (5) [LO 4,5]
  3. Research Report, 2000 words (30%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Take-home exam, 1000 words (25%) (25) [LO 2,3]
  5. Participation (10) [LO 1,5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING6001, LING6020, or LING8004. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2003.

Prescribed Texts

The textbook will be specified on Wattle, and additional readings made available there.


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
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8016 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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