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LIN5000 The Nature of Language

Semester 1, 2013 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education
Version produced : 23 April 2014

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Staffing

Examiner: Gavin Austin
Moderator: Ann Dashwood

Rationale

To be able to teach languages, instructors need to understand:

(i) the main characteristics of syntax, phonology and other facets of language,
(ii) the systems which underlie each of these facets, and
(iii) the relationship between each facet and the social and cultural context in which it is embedded.

Synopsis

Students will be introduced to the main characteristics of syntax, phonology and other facets of language, the systems which underlie each of these facets, and the relationship between each one and the social and cultural context in which it is embedded. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.

Objectives

The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. At the end of the course students will show an understanding of:

  1. The main characteristics of syntax, phonology and other facets of language (Assignment 1, Assignment 2).
  2. The systems which underlie each of these facets (Assignment 1, Assignment 2).
  3. The relationship between each one and the social and cultural context in which it is embedded (Assignment 1, Assignment 2).
  4. In addition, they will develop their competence in scholarly writing, including the use of correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing conventions (Assignment 1).

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. What is language? 5.00
2. Brain and language 5.00
3. Morphology: The words of language 12.50
4. Syntax: The sentence patterns of language 12.50
5. The meanings of language 10.00
6. Phonetics - The sounds of language 10.00
7. Phonology - The sound patterns of language 12.50
8. Language acquisition 10.00
9. Language in society 12.50
10. Functional Grammar 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/bookweb/subject.cgi?year=2013&sem=01&subject1=LIN5000)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://bookshop.usq.edu.au/contact/)

  • Fromkin, V., Rodman, R., Hyams, N., Collins, P., Amberber, M., & Cox, F 2012, An introduction to language, 7th (Australia and New Zealand) edn, Cengage Learning, Australia Pty. Ltd, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Behrens, Susan J., & Parker, Judith A 2010, Language in the real world, Routledge, London and New York.
  • McCabe, A 2011, An introduction to linguistics and language studies, Equinox Publishing Ltd, London, UK.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information http://www.usq.edu.au/library..

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 05 Jun 2013
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 05 Jun 2013

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and Internet access to UConnect for this course.