LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Linguistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 elective
This unit considers language from a cognitive perspective, focusing on models of language informed by what we know of how language is represented in the human brain and how it is realised by the body in speech and sign, how human language evolved and how linguistic ability develops in the normal human child. The unit also introduces basic concepts in the formal modelling of linguistic systems.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between language and the mind and the physical body; (2) describe the basic properties of the physical realisation of language in speech, sign and writing; (3) describe the progress of child language acquisition in the domains of phonology, morphology and syntax, and explain how the facts of acquisition are key issues in the debate on the innateness of language; (4) describe how language is localised in the brain, and how this relates to various language pathologies; and (5) describe the basic issues in the evolution of the language capacity of humans.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maïa Ponsonnet
Unit rules
LING1102 Language as a Cognitive System
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
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