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LING1121 – Language Myths and Realities

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff co-convenor
Nick Wilson
Joe Blythe
Margaret Wood
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Unit description Unit description
This unit explores some common misunderstandings about language, and introduces students to a range of linguistic topics such as historical linguistics, language evolution, writing systems, and gesture. The unit showcases what linguists do outside of academia and provides practice in analysing real linguistic data.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Compare societal perspectives about language with findings from current linguistic research.
  • ULO2: Demonstrate some basic theoretical and technical knowledge about some sub-disciplines of linguistics.
  • ULO3: Understand how language data is collected for the purpose of linguistic research.
  • ULO4: Apply basic theoretical and technical linguistic knowledge to the analysis of language data.
  • ULO5: Critically discuss a myth about language in light of linguistic realities using standard written English discourse.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

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Assignments submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at the rate of 3% of the total mark available for the assessment per day. Any work submitted without an approved extension after other students have received their marks will be treated as a non-submission.

In line with the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, non-submission of any assignment that leads to a total unit mark of less than 50 will result in an FA grade being awarded.

Delivery and Resources

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This unit is taught through 2 x 1 hour lectures each week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial.

All lectures are recorded and live-streamed, but only the audio and the capture of what is on the screen. As we have lectures about gesture and sign languages, relying only upon the recording or live stream may not capture the entire content of the lecture.

There is no textbook for this unit. All readings are available through the Leganto reading list, accessible via the iLearn page.

Unit Schedule

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Topics that will be covered include:

  • Etymology and Meaning
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Speech and Articulation
  • Folk-linguistics
  • Constructed Languages
  • Myths and realities about linguistic jobs
  • Language and artificial intelligence

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Changes since First Published

Date Description
13/02/2020 updated dates following FSQC approval of assessment change