LING2001 Morphosyntax of the World's Languages

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 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 2 elective
What do we know about the form of the expressions in our language? How can we describe this knowledge? This unit will equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to analyse linguistic data and produce grammatical description. We will study the key linguistic concepts needed to understand and compare morphological and syntactic structures across the world's languages. We will also learn how to apply these concepts to identify patterns in data sets from individual languages.
Students are able to (1) apply key concepts in morphological and syntactic description ; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of the diversity of morphological and syntactic structures across the world's languages ; (3) use established criteria to evaluate alternative analyses of given language data; (4) identify and describe, using appropriate terminology and notation, basic morphological and syntactic patterns in linguistic data; and (5) demonstrate an understanding of he concepts and arguments involved in the analysis and comparison of morphological and syntactic patterns across the world's languages no change to assessment.
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
LING1001 Language and Communication
LING1101 Language and Communication
LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System
LING1102 Language as a Cognitive System
LING2202 Grammatical Theory (Syntax)
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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