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SL1004 - Linguistics and Phonetics 2

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

Students in this subject will develop more advanced concepts and knowledge about the form and use of language and speech, as a basis for studies in speech pathology practice. The subject includes further study of the lexicon and syntax of English, and of the sound system of languages, topics which were introduced in SL1002 Linguistics and Phonetics 1. Three further topics areas are introduced: acoustic phonetics, psycholinguistics and the study of meaning (or the uses of language). The first of these looks at the physics (acoustics) of sound and the ways that speech can be analysed acoustically, while the second looks at theories and models of how language might be represented and processed in the brain and the third will involve an introduction to the study of both semantics and pragmatics. In addition, students will examine how competence in these various aspects of language is developed during the early years of a child's life. Students will also have the opportunity to observe applications of linguistics and phonetics in community and speech pathology practice environments.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate a basic understanding of theories and models of how language is represented and processed in the brain;
  • transcribe normal English speech at the phonetic and phonological level;
  • apply knowledge and skills in analysing the grammatical form of English utterances, including classifying the words of English;
  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of the ways that language is used to convey meanings and to achieve speakers' purposes;
  • apply knowledge of the theories and processes underlying the normal development of the basic structures and uses of language from birth to adulthood.
Prerequisites: SL1002allow concurrent for SL1002.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Ms Louise Brown, Dr William Steed.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hours lectures/week
  • 39 hours tutorials - 3 hours tutorials/week
  • 4 hours professional experience
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.

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