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LING111 Language and Its Structure

An introduction to the analysis and description of language and its structure: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics; includes a discussion of language change, and similarities and differences among the world's languages.

Language underlies almost all of life - every lecture in every class, every conversation, every society - and linguistics is the scientific study of language. In this class, you will learn not just what the pieces of language are, but also how to identify them yourself. Identify language and its structure.

Note: This paper can be taken independently of LING 112.

Paper title Language and Its Structure
Paper code LING111
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Schedule C
Arts and Music
Open to all students.
Dr Hunter Hatfield (
Teaching staff
Convenor and Lecturer: Dr Hunter Hatfield
Lecturer: Dr Simon Overall
Teaching Arrangements
26 lectures and 8 tutorials
Finegan, E. (2008) Language: Its Structure and Use. Boston: Thomson Wadworth.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
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Learning Outcomes
Students will learn to:
  • Acquire concepts and terminology for the study of language structure, especially in the areas of phonetics/phonology, morphology/syntax and semantics
  • Develop skills of analysis, argumentation and evaluation
  • Appreciate the structural diversity of human languages
  • Appreciate the status of linguistics as a modern academic discipline.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22
Thursday 13:00-13:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 11-12, 15-16, 19-22
T2 Wednesday 15:00-15:50 11-12, 15-16, 19-22
T3 Wednesday 16:00-16:50 11-12, 15-16, 19-22
T4 Thursday 15:00-15:50 11-12, 15-16, 19-22