LING3006 Topics in Linguistic Theory

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Linguistics major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
This unit examines advanced topics in phonology (the analysis of sound systems in languages), morphology (the study of the structure of words) and syntax (the investigation of the structure of sentences), and the relationships among them, focusing on recent developments in these fields. It gives an overview of current approaches and controversies concerning a chosen topic. The unit focuses on a particular theoretical perspective each time it is offered.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of key concepts and phenomena used in the analysis of phonology, morphology, syntax and the interface between them (e.g. morphophonemic analysis, morphosyntax); (2) apply methods developed within the framework of a recent theory in order to analyse a range of linguistic phenomena; and (3) demonstrate critical understanding of the theory investigated in the context of other theories proposed to account for similar phenomena.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial preparation; (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 Luisa Miceli
Unit rules
(LING2002 Phonetics and Phonology: the Sounds of the World's Languages or LING2201 Phonetics and Phonology) and (LING2001 Morphosyntax of the World's Languages or LING2001 Grammatical Theory: the Structure of Sentences or LING2202 Grammatical Theory (Syntax))
LING3306 Advanced Linguistic Theory
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week.
This unit takes a broad and historically based view of some of the great topics that have preoccupied thinkers in linguistics, and how they interrelate, by juxtaposing the history of ideas on a dozen topics with relevant contemporary debates.
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