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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Linguistics major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

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 the concepts and arguments involved in the analysis and comparison of morphological and syntactic patterns across the world's languages.


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
LING1001 Language and Communication
or LING1101 Language and Communication
or LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System
or LING1102 Language as a Cognitive System
LING2202 Grammatical Theory (Syntax)
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
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  • 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.