Introduction to Language
Investigate the component systems of language. Study sounds, word formation, grammar, conceptual and associative meaning, and discourse. Gain an understanding of how to integrate these concepts with the theories of 1st and 2nd language acquisition.
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- 31 Aug 2020
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- examine and explain standard approaches to describing variation in language sounds, word formation, grammar, conceptual and associative meaning, and discourse
- apply this theoretical foundation to real problems in language use and education
- synthesise and communicate ideas related to one’s own experience with language using terminology appropriate to the field
- demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
- What is language?
- Language development and change
- Phonology (consonants)
- Phonology (vowels)
- Tense and aspect
- Unit review
- Words and word class
- Writing system and non-linguistic forms of communication
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or currently be enrolled in the following subject(s) in a prior study period; or enrol in the following subject(s) to study prior to this subject:
Please note that your enrolment in this subject is conditional on successful completion of these prerequisite subject(s). If you study the prerequisite subject(s) in the study period immediately prior to studying this subject, your result for the prerequisite subject(s) will not be finalised prior to the close of enrolment. In this situation, should you not complete your prerequisite subject(s) successfully you should not continue with your enrolment in this subject. If you are currently enrolled in the prerequisite subject(s) and believe you may not complete these all successfully, it is your responsibility to reschedule your study of this subject to give you time to re-attempt the prerequisite subject(s)
You must either have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject, or enrol in the following subject(s) to study at the same time or prior to this subject:
No special requirements
This subject introduces the various component systems of language as a basis for conceptualising and describing language variation in education. These concepts are also applied to students’ individual needs and experience as they relate to current theories of first and second language acquisition and instruction.
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- Language investigation (50%)
- Language exercise (50%)
An Introduction to Language, 9th ed.
Victoria Fromkin, et al.