LING1001 Language and Communication

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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
What sets our species Homo sapiens apart, more than our forms of social organisation or cultural expression or our tool-making capabilities, is our capacity to communicate with one another through language. This unit introduces students to fundamental concepts in the modern study of language and communication, with particular emphasis on language as a symbolic system and as a form of human (inter)action. It provides an introduction to semiotics, to pragmatics and to the analysis of linguistic structure, focusing on English. Topics include the nature of language and the contrast between human and non-human communication systems. The unit provides an introduction to semiotics, pragmatics and the linguistic analysis of language structure. It introduces the study of morphology (the internal structure of words) and syntax (the internal structure of sentences), focusing in particular on the structure of English.
Students are able to (1) describe the nature of human language as a system of communication and explain how this differs from other forms of communication; (2) describe what it means to 'know' a language and what it means to use a language; and (3) explain what is involved in the description of a language and show how to discover and describe the basic structure of words, sentences and conversations.
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)
Associate Professor Marie-Eve Ritz
Unit rules
LING1101 Language and Communication
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.