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LING3383 – Morphosyntax: The Meaningful Components of Words

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Some classes/teaching activities cannot be moved online and must be taught on campus. You should already know if you are in one of these classes/teaching activities and your unit convenor will provide you with more information via iLearn. If you want to confirm, see the list of units with mandatory on-campus classes/teaching activities.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor, Lecturer
Joe Blythe
Contact via email
566, 12 Second way
By appointment
Margaret Wood
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
50cp at 2000 level or above including 10cp of LING units at 2000 level
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit examines the internal structure of words, taking a typological perspective on the world's languages. It considers the interface between morphology, syntax and phonological structure. Alternative theories of word formation will be critically compared and contrasted, especially in the light of the typological diversity vs. uniformity revealed by the world's 7000 languages.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Critically analyse morphologically complex words from a range of typologically diverse languages.
  • ULO2: Compare and contrast word structures across language and language families.
  • ULO3: Develop levels of argumentation sufficient to explain synchronic morphological and morphophonological processes, as well as diachronic processes such as grammaticalization.
  • ULO4: Evaluate your analyses within the context of current debates on morphological theory.
  • ULO5: Communicate an understanding of how linguistic typology informs other fields of linguistics.
  • ULO6: Effectively communicate the importance of of morphological diversity for theoretical linguistics.

General Assessment Information

  • Late submissions without an extension will receive a penalty of 5% of the total mark available for the assessment task per day including weekend days (i.e. this is 5% of the total marks possible for the task – NOT 5% of the marks the student received. For example, if the assessment task is worth 100 marks and the student is two days late their mark for the task is reduced by 10 marks.)

  • Late submission of an assessment task without an extension will not be accepted at all after the date on which marked assessment tasks have been released to the rest of the class. Any student with unsubmitted work at this date will receive a mark of 0 for the assessment task.

  • Extensions will only be given in special circumstances, and can be requested by completing the Special Consideration request at ask.mq.edu.au and providing the requisite supporting documentation.

  • Extensions that will result in submissions after the assessment task has been returned to the class will require a separate assessment task to be completed at the unit convenor's discretion.

  • For more information on Special Consideration, see the university website https://student s.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration\

  • If a student fails the unit due to non-submission of an assignment or non-attendance at an exam, an FA grade will be applied in accordance with the University's Assessment Policy.

  • Unit convenors have the discretion to determine whether or not students should fail a unit on the basis of lateness penalties alone if other learning outcomes of the unit have been met.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Assignment 1 30% No Week 6
Assignment 2 30% No Week 9
Examination 40% No Week 13

Assignment 1

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 30%

 

Morphological problems sets

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically analyse morphologically complex words from a range of typologically diverse languages.
  • Compare and contrast word structures across language and language families.
  • Develop levels of argumentation sufficient to explain synchronic morphological and morphophonological processes, as well as diachronic processes such as grammaticalization.
  • Evaluate your analyses within the context of current debates on morphological theory.
  • Effectively communicate the importance of of morphological diversity for theoretical linguistics.

Assignment 2

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
Due: Week 9
Weighting: 30%

 

Morphological problems sets

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically analyse morphologically complex words from a range of typologically diverse languages.
  • Compare and contrast word structures across language and language families.
  • Develop levels of argumentation sufficient to explain synchronic morphological and morphophonological processes, as well as diachronic processes such as grammaticalization.
  • Evaluate your analyses within the context of current debates on morphological theory.
  • Communicate an understanding of how linguistic typology informs other fields of linguistics.

Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 2 hours
Due: Week 13
Weighting: 40%

 

Examination

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Critically analyse morphologically complex words from a range of typologically diverse languages.
  • Compare and contrast word structures across language and language families.
  • Develop levels of argumentation sufficient to explain synchronic morphological and morphophonological processes, as well as diachronic processes such as grammaticalization.
  • Evaluate your analyses within the context of current debates on morphological theory.
  • Communicate an understanding of how linguistic typology informs other fields of linguistics.
  • Effectively communicate the importance of of morphological diversity for theoretical linguistics.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

The unit is taught as 2 x 1 hour 'lectures' plus a 1 hour tutorial, per week.

The two hour seminar 11-1 pm on Tuesday will comprise the first 'lecture' plus the tutorial. When face-to-face teaching recommences, this will be held in 6 Eastern Rd - 308 Tutorial Rm. The second 'lecture' will be at 2pm on Wednesdays. It will be at 25 Wallys Walk - A105 Tutorial Rm.

For the first few weeks of semester all instruction will take place vi zoom. The zoom URL will be made available in the i-learn site.

There is no set textbook for this unit. A list of readings will be made available via Leganto. See the i-learn site.

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