Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Through readings, lecture material, tutorial practice and discussion, and hands-on assignments, students are introduced to the relationship between syntactic (sentence and phrase) structure and the expression of meaning, that is, how speakers use different structures when attempting to express different meanings. The focus is on an analysis of English structure using M. A. K. Halliday's Systemic Functional Grammar, but it is hoped the students will be able to apply what they have learned about constituency, structural relations and semantic relations when thinking about other languages and other theories of structure.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed one Linguistics subject from LIN1LCS or LIN1LDD. All other students require co-ordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LIN2LAN,LIN2SYN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year for the Linguitics major or minor in the Bahelor of Arts.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Essay (1000 words)30
Essay (1000 words)30
one 2 hour exam40