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SL1002 - Introductory Linguistics and Phonetics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: Sch Public Health,Trop Medicine&Rehabilitation Sc

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 of speech sounds and spoken utterances; demonstrate the ability to transcribe speech sounds (both English and non English) at the phonetic level; apply an understanding of acoustic phonetics to the acoustic analysis of vowels;
  • appreciate the diversity of language in Australia (in respect of both number of languages and varieties of English); be able to describe many of the important linguistic and sociolinguistic features of these languages and varieties;
  • be aware of some important features of Indigenous Australian languages; appreciate some of the cultural differences between Indigenous and other Australians.

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, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (30% - 40%); quizzes or tests (20% - 40%); assignments (30% - 40%); peer assessment (% - 20%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Students must pass the essential skills tests and the individual assessment component

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