Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Suzhou First semester 2014 (Off-campus block of classes)
Clayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louisa Willoughby


Previously coded ALM4110


Gain an overview of the 'core' areas of linguistics, including phonetics, phonology, morphosyntax (grammar), semantics/ pragmatics and historical linguistics. In essence, this unit provides you with a foundation for later work in applied areas of the discipline. It approaches language as a medium of communication and focuses on the structures and functions that it manifests and on the analysis of linguistic data. You will be introduced to techniques for different levels of language analysis; key questions and theoretical and descriptive frameworks adopted in the analysis of language; and some of the applications of these theoretical tools.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. describe the fundamental concepts and tools of analysis used in linguistics and applied linguistics;
  2. apply linguistic analysis techniques to a range of data sets;
  3. understand and appropriately use discipline-specific technical terms and notation conventions introduced in the unit
  4. apply linguistic insights to everyday experience.


Written Work (9,000 words in total): 100%

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