LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND SOCIETY

LIN1LCS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject gives a brief introduction to the structure of human language and how it can be described and analysed. Speech sounds, word structure, sentence structure and the organisation of meaning will be the focuses of this subject. 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.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LIN1NLA

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
ReadingsIntroduction to Sociolinguistics 6th EditionPrescribedR. Wardhaugh (2010)OXFORD: WILEY-BLACKWELL
ReadingsLinguistics: An introductionPrescribedMcGregor, William B. (2009)CONTINUUM BOOKS, LONDON/NEW YORK

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
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour)

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

Activities:
Assignment 1, Take-home examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

03. Students will be able to discuss linguistic diversity, and identify its relationship to cultural and cognitive diversity

Activities:
Assignment 2, Take-home examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Assignment 1, Take-home examination
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

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, 2, 3, essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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, 2, 3, tutorial worksheets
Related graduate capabilities and elements:

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

Activities:
Assignment 1, 2, 3, tutorial worksheets
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAdam Schembri

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assignment 1 (800 words)write a phonetic analysis of a sample of English speech sounds, and relate their findings to the notion of linguistics as the scientific study of language and to social and regional diversity in language20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Assignment 2 (800 words)write a grammatical analysis of a sample of English and another language, relating their findings to issues in linguistic diversity20 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08
Take home assignment (2400 words)respond in detail to 6 questions from a choice of 12 questions, one relating to each week#s topic in this semester long subject.60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08