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SL1002 - Introductory Linguistics and Phonetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc (pre 2015)

This subject provides foundation knowledge about the form and use of language, upon which students will build in preparation for future applications in a range of disciplines. The subject material includes analysis of the grammar and forms of language, and analysis of speech sounds. Both theoretical knowledge and practical skills, including the use of the international phonetic alphabet to transcribe speech, will be developed. Modules on sociolinguistics and cultural issues includes discussion of language use generally, languages in Australia and the language and culture of Indigenous Australians.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the nature and organisation of the lexicon of a language, and of the English lexicon in particular;
  • demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills in analysis of the grammatical form of English words and utterances;
  • describe the mechanisms involved in the articulation and transmission of speech sounds and spoken utterances;
  • demonstrate the ability to transcribe and analyse speech sounds;
  • explain the diversity of language in mainstream and indigenous Australia (in respect of both number of languages and varieties of English) and the important linguistic and sociolinguistic features of these languages and varieties.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr William Steed.
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 52 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (35% - 45%); quizzes or tests (20% - 35%); assignments (30% - 50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must achieve a minimum of 50% for all assessment components. Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all tutorials, workshops and practical sessions.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.