LING3001 Morphology: the Structure of Words

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Linguistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
Notions of word are fundamental in understanding language. This unit introduces the analysis of word structure. Topics include the diverse phenomena of word structure in the languages of the world; analysis in morpheme-based and word-based models; and the relationships between the lexicon and phonology and syntax, including inflectional paradigms and word formation. Topics also include an explanatory case study of an areal or genetic group.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the diverse phenomena of word structure, analysis in morpheme-based and word-based models, and the relationships between the lexicon and phonology and syntax including inflectional paradigms and word formation; (2) describe important issues in defining language, particularly in distinguishing between language and communication, and between language system and language use; (3) describe key focuses of, and key concepts in, core sub-areas of Linguistics; (4) describe key features of currently contending significant theoretical approaches to language structure; (5) present critical evaluation of the arguments used in a linguistic analysis formulated within a theoretical model; (6) evaluate alternative analyses of given language data using established criteria; (7) identify and describe, using appropriate terminology and notation, basic structural patterns in data from a language, in the domains of phonology, grammar and lexicon; (8) propose analyses of structural patterns in language data within different theoretical models; and (9) demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of structures across languages.
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 rules
(LING2002 Phonetics and Phonology: the Sounds of the World's Languages
LING2201 Phonetics and Phonology)
[LING2001 Grammatical Theory: the Structure of Sentences
LING2202 Grammatical Theory (Syntax)]
Contact hours
36—lectures: 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks); tutorials: 1 hour per week (over 10 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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