LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND SOCIETY

LIN1LCS

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Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

This subject gives a brief introduction to the structure of human language and how it can be described and analysed.

Beginning with a discussion of different views of language - the prescriptive and the descriptive, the course will then investigate what we mean by language and dialect. Tools to analyse speech sounds, word structure, sentence structure and the organisation of meaning will be learned. We then move on to consider links between language, culture and thought, and to explore the relationship between language and society with a focus on sociolinguistic variation and change.

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. In the context of linguistics, students will (i) be able to recognize the global context of linguistic diversity, (ii) learn about the different perspectives that language diversity offers, (iii) understand the issues involved in working with diverse languages.




SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at first-year for the Linguistics minor in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFor the love of Language: An introduction to LinguisticsPrescribedKate Burridge and Tonya N. Stebbins (2016)CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS (Australia)

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will be able to argue for linguistics as the scientific study of language

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills

02. Students will be able to identify connections between linguistics and issues of both personal and social concern

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

03. Students will be able to discuss linguistic diversity, and identify its relationship to cultural and cognitive diversity. In particular students will be aware of the issues of language endangerment, and the challenges for the sustainability of languages.

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

04. Students will be able to illustrate how regional and social diversity is reflected within language

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. Students will be able to conduct analyses of linguistic datasets using knowledge from foundational areas of linguistics

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills

06. Students will develop awareness of the different types of argumentation used in different sub-disciplines of linguistics. They will begin to develop analytical and problem solving techniques.

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

07. Students will identify relevant information with the assistance of subject reading guides and lecture advice. Students will be able to prepare responses to set tutorial questions. Students will be able to engage with language data supplied to them. Students will learn to navigate the Linguistics section of the library. Students will be able to follow up research and further reading in subject guides. Students will be able to produce assignments.

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Personal and Professional Skills
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

08. Students will work together on critical analysis of data and on problem solving.

Activities:
Assignment 1, Assignment 2, Take-home examination, Weekly Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

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