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LING217 What's Behind Language: Sound and Structure

An examination of the nature of language through its structural building-blocks, analysing sounds, words and sentences of English and other languages. No prior knowledge of any language other than English is required.

This paper takes a holistic approach to the study of linguistic structure. It combines syntax and phonology in order to provide a broad view, clearly showing the connections and commonalities between the levels of structure. Examples from English and many other languages illustrate the diversity among languages of the world, while also highlighting the many aspects they have in common.

Paper title What's Behind Language: Sound and Structure
Paper code LING217
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
LING 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

Dr Simon Overall, simon.overall@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Simon Overall

Paper Structure

Classes focus on phonology for the first half of semester, then on morphology and syntax for the second half. Internal assessment consists of two assignments and two written reports, and there is a final two-hour exam.

Teaching Arrangements

13 lectures and 8 tutorials. Tutorials give students the opportunity to discuss and apply the skills learned in lectures.

Textbooks

Tallerman, Maggie. 2015. Understanding Syntax, 4th edition. Routledge.

Hayes, Bruce. 2009. Introductory Phonology. Blackwell.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

This paper enables students to:

  • Recognise the principles underlying linguistic structure;
  • Describe and analyse linguistic structures using an established metalanguage and set of conventions;
  • Distinguish among competing analyses according to descriptive adequacy and analytic rigour;
  • Think critically about their own and others’ opinions of language use.

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-16, 18-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-16, 18-22

An examination of the nature of language through its structural building-blocks, analysing sounds, words and sentences of English and other languages. No prior knowledge of any language other than English is required.

This paper takes a holistic approach to the study of linguistic structure. It combines syntax and phonology in order to provide a broad view, clearly showing the connections and commonalities between the levels of structure. Examples from English and many other languages illustrate the diversity among languages of the world, while also highlighting the many aspects they have in common.

Paper title What's Behind Language: Sound and Structure
Paper code LING217
Subject Linguistics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
LING 111
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

Dr Simon Overall, simon.overall@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Dr Simon Overall

Paper Structure

Classes focus on phonology for the first half of semester, then on morphology and syntax for the second half. Internal assessment consists of two assignments and two written reports, and there is a final two-hour exam.

Teaching Arrangements

13 lectures and 12 tutorials. Tutorials give students the opportunity to discuss and apply the skills learned in lectures.

Textbooks

Tallerman, Maggie. 2015. Understanding Syntax, 4th edition. Routledge.

Hayes, Bruce. 2009. Introductory Phonology. Blackwell.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

This paper enables students to:

  • Recognise the principles underlying linguistic structure;
  • Describe and analyse linguistic structures using an established metalanguage and set of conventions;
  • Distinguish among competing analyses according to descriptive adequacy and analytic rigour;
  • Think critically about their own and others’ opinions of language use.

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 10-15, 17, 19-22