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LING 3020 - Perspectives on Language Variation & Change

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 6
Term: Semester 2
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week face-to-face + up to 6 on-line activity (MOOCS)
Restriction: Available to students undertaking a Linguistics Major only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: At least 15 units of Linguistics Major courses
Assumed Knowledge: LING 1101, LING 1102
Assessment: Linguistic practical (eg comparative method or text analysis) 20%, Oral presentation 20%, Research report 60%

This is the capstone course for the Linguistics Major. All languages vary internally in accordance with a range of parameters including the gender, age, social class, occupation, origins etc. of their speakers. Most languages have distinct regional and social varieties. They also vary according to the contexts in which they are used and the purposes for which they are employed. All living languages constantly change over time in response to innovations introduced by younger generations, technological change or contact with other languages or with other varieties of the same language. Drawing on descriptive and analytic skills developed during their undergraduate study of linguistics, students will undertake independent study of language variation and change, assembling their own body of data either through archival, library, internet research or field research.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 10/08/2020 Wed 19/08/2020 Fri 30/10/2020 Not Available

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
22470 LE01 17 3 27 Jul - 14 Sep Monday 10am - 11am MyUni, OL, Online Class
5 Oct - 26 Oct Monday 10am - 11am MyUni, OL, Online Class
Related Class: Seminar
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
22471 SE01 17 3 31 Jul - 18 Sep Friday 11am - 1pm Napier, 144, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 30 Oct Friday 11am - 1pm Napier, 144, Teaching Room