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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Linguistics major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

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 preparation; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro
Unit rules
LING1101 Language and Communication
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.