Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject focuses on how people understand communication through language. In particular, it explores how words, sentences, utterances and texts are used make meaning or do something in a certain context. A range of theoretical approaches and analytical tools used in the study of semantics and pragmatics will be introduced and applied.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesAssignment 1, assignment 2, weekly exercises, take home exam, tutorial participation

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsLIN3SEM

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsCore subject at third-year for linguistics in the Bachelor of Arts

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJ. Saeed



PublisherWiley Blackwell, Chichester.


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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Appropriately employ a range of tools for the analysis of meaning
02. Develop an ability to present and analyse data in written form and increased sophistication in articulating and defending linguistic analyses
03. Collect and present natural linguistic data and use the tools learned in this subject to analyse and explain that data

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.00 hour tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Assignment 1 (1000 words or equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Assignment 2 (1000 words or equivalent)

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Weekly exercises (400 words or equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Take home exam (1600 words or equivalent)

N/AOther written examIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3