• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • 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 learn about with a wide variety of sentence and word structures found across the world's languages, including languages of Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The course showcases the rich diversity of expression in human language. Students will also learn about the fundamental concepts of syntax and morphology, and will develop core linguistic skills in morpho-syntactic analysis, applying these to a variety of languages

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. read and evaluate a range of literature about word and sentence structure
  2. solve simple problems in grammatical analysis
  3. undertake guided research in the grammatical structure of languages of different types
  4. critically examine beliefs about language structure, diversity and linguistic equivalence
  5. communicate clearly and knowledgeably about language-related topics to academic and general audiences; and
  6. engage with and interpret academic research on languages of the world 

Other Information

This course normally runs every year

Indicative Assessment

  1. Analysis problems x2, 1,500 words equivalence each (15% each for a total of 30%) (30) [LO 2,3,5]
  2. Research Report, 2,500 words (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Research Presentation (5) [LO 1,4,5]
  4. Take-home exam, 1,000 words equivalence (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  5. Weekly check-in quizzes assessing major points (0.5% each for a total of 5%) (5) [LO 2,3]
  6. Forum participation (10) [LO 1,4,6]

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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 successfully completed LING8004 or LING6020. 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.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
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
9385 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person View

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