APG5046 - General linguistics - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Melanie Burns

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)
  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


The unit may be offered as part of the Summer Arts ProgramSummer Arts Program (http://www.monash.edu/students/courses/arts/summer-program.html).


This unit introduces students to fundamental concepts in linguistics and the properties that distinguish language from other communication systems. In essence, this unit provides a technical foundation for later work in applied areas of the discipline. It explores areas such as the sounds of speech (phonetics and phonology), what makes a sentence grammatically correct (morphology and syntax) and how we derive meaning from utterances (semantics and pragmatics). The unit enhances students' knowledge of the workings of English and also introduces students to data from a range of other languages for the purposes of comparison.


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.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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