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SL1002 - Introductory Linguistics and Phonetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

This subject will provide 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. A module on sociolinguistics will have a particular focus on language varieties and sociolinguistic issues pertinent to Indigenous Australians.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will understand the nature and organisation of the lexicon of a language, and of the English lexicon in particular, and will demonstrate and apply knowledge and skills in analysis of the grammatical form of English words and utterances;
  • students will be able to describe the mechanisms involved in the articulation of speech sounds and spoken utterances, and will demonstrate the ability to transcribe typical English speech at the phonemic level;
  • students will appreciate the diversity of language in Australia (in respect of both number of languages and varieties of English) and will appreciate many of the important linguistic and sociolinguistic features of these languages and varieties.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 24-Mar-2011
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Ms Louise Brown.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures - 2 hours lecture/week
  • 39 hours tutorials - 3 hours tutorial/week
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 40%); quizzes or tests (20% - 30%); phonemic transcription and word class analysis quizzes (%); assignments (40% - 50%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass every one of the assessment items assessed as pass/fail, and submit or present a reasonable attempt at all assessment itmes by the due date.
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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.