• 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, Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jennifer Hendriks
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe structural aspects of language in detail (e.g., speech sounds, words and sentences);
  2. apply a range of linguistic analytical techniques to diverse languages;
  3. demonstrate in depth understanding of how the systems of a language interact with each other to connect meaning to form;
  4. undertake guided research into topics in human language;
  5. communicate about language and linguistics to specialist and general audiences.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Two linguistic data analysis tasks (1-2 pages of data; 2-4 pages of answer) (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Tutorial problems (1 hour preparation each) (5) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Presentation/Report on a linguistics topic (1200 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final examination (3 hours) (40) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time comprising:

a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial; and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not allowed to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING1001, 2001 or LING6001.

Prescribed Texts


Genetti, Carol (ed). 2019. How languages work: An introduction to language and linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

For additional readings, please refer to 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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3670 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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