Credit points: 15

Subject outline

What is language? Where did it come from, how do we learn it, and what do we use it for? This subject introduces students to a range of basic topics in the study of language: how to define language, the basic units of language (speech sounds, words, meaning, sentences), language in the brain, how to distinguish languages from dialects, how language might have evolved, how children and adults acquire language, how and why languages change, and how language conveys social and cultural meaning.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLauren Gawne

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOnline exercises, assignments, tutorial discussions.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorKate Burridge, Tonya Stebbins



PublisherCambridge University Press


Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Identify, define and provide examples for important features of language using resources from lectures, tutorials and reading materials.
02. Demonstrate an ability to identify and locate the information necessary to answer a question about language.
03. Recognise and describe linguistic behaviour and interactions.
04. Synthesise your observations in an appropriate academic style, as illustrated in reading materials.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLauren Gawne

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Four online quizzes (500 word equivalent each)

N/AQuizzesIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO3

Research assignment based on materials located in the library (1,500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4

Research assignment based on fieldwork (1,500 words)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3, SILO4