LING101-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013

The English Language

15 points
18 Feb 2013 - 23 Jun 2013

Description

This course introduces students to the study of the English language, its words, sounds and sentences. It also introduces the conceptual and analytical tools which linguists use to understand how languages are constructed.

This course is designed to introduce you to the study of LINGUISTICS, particularly the linguistics of the English language.  The aim of the course is to show you how English works as a system for connecting speech sounds with meaning.  Throughout the course, we will be guided by the following over-arching question: when a baby learns English as its first language, what aspects of the linguistic system does it have to master if it is to have a successful conversation? To answer this question, we start with single speech sounds, and then think about how they are combined to make words. Then we consider how words combine to make phrases, and finally we examine the structure of whole sentences.
In the first half of the course, we focus on how English speech is pronounced. How do we move our speech articulators when we produce sounds? How is a Kiwi accent similar to and different from accents from elsewhere? What tools do you need to analyse accent variation properly? In the second half of the course, we focus on the structure of English sentences. As well as practicing how to identify different words types (nouns, verbs, adverbs, etc), you will examine how are words structured into phrases, clauses and sentences, and you will learn how we combine words in different ways to generate new and complex meanings.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

1. be able to understand the basic technical terms used by linguists to describe the various systems of which languages are composed: sounds, morphemes and words, phrases and clauses, and meaning.
2. be able to transcribe in broad phonetics a section of written English,
3. be able to understand how to analyse the structure of words into syllables and morphemes,
4. be able to understand how to analyse the structure of sentences into their grammatical constituents.

Restrictions

ENGL123, ENLA101

Lectures
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 12:00pm-1:00pm E9 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 31 Mar,
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Thursday 10:00am-11:00am E7 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 31 Mar,
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Tutorials
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Tuesday 9:00am-10:00am Locke 405 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Stream 02 Tuesday 1:00pm-2:00pm Locke 405 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Stream 03 Tuesday 2:00pm-3:00pm Locke 405 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Stream 04 Thursday 9:00am-10:00am Locke 403 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Stream 05 Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm Locke 405 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Stream 06 Tuesday 2:00pm-3:00pm Locke 403 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Stream 07 Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm Locke 405 25 Feb - 31 Mar,
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinators

Kevin Watson and Heidi Quinn

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Quizzes 10%
Final Examination 30%
Class test 1 28 Mar 2013 15%
Class test 2 27 May 2013 15%
Coursework 30 May 2013 30%


4 Quizzes with ongoing due dates, via Learn, weighted at 10%
Class test 1 on Thursday 28 March, weighted at 15%
Class test 2 on Monday 27 May, weighted at 15%
Coursework due by Thursday 30 May, weighted at 30%
Final examination, date to be confirmed, weighted at 30%

Examination and Formal Tests

Exam Saturday 15 Jun 2013 9:30am-11:30am  

Textbooks

Required Texts

An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence; Kuiper, Koenraad , Allan, W. Scott; 3rd edition; Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Course links

Library portal
The course outline is available on LEARN (only for students enrolled in this course).
LEARN

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $644.00

International fee $2,800.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if less than 1 person applies to enrol.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences.

All LING101 Occurrences

  • LING101-13S1 (C) Semester One 2013