LING3002 Linguistic Typology: the Diversity of Languages

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
This unit focuses on the investigation and explanation of linguistic universals through a consideration of the variation in type found across the world's languages. It considers primarily issues in syntactic and semantic typology with topic areas including the coding of grammatical relations, case marking, constituent order, voice systems, complex sentence constructions, and the semantic categories of tense and aspect.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of structures across languages; (2) identify and describe patterns in language data and propose analyses and explanations for these patterns from a typological perspective; and (3) find, critically interpret and evaluate the content of scholarly publications in the literature on language typology.
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 Maia Ponsonnet
Unit rules
Either (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 (up to 12 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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