LING4104 Advanced Topics in Linguistics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours core unit in Linguistics [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit examines advanced topics in the analysis of natural language, developing students' understanding of current theoretical and analytical issues in a sub-field of linguistics (e.g. semantics & pragmatics, syntax, phonetics & phonology, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics and so forth). The unit also provides the opportunity for students to apply analytical techniques in the area of focus and apply them to written and spoken data in English and/or other languages. Students research the literature on a topic of interest, find appropriate data in a language of their choice, analyse the data to provide an explanation of the phenomenon under investigation and, finally, critically discuss results by relating them to the literature.
Students are able to (1) identify different approaches to the analysis of a linguistic feature or domain; (2) identify and apply appropriate linguistic theories/models that are relevant to the analysis of a specific linguistic feature or domain; and (3) critically discuss an analysis by relating it to the current literature.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maia Ponsonnet
Unit rules
LING7484 Honours Seminar 4 (Linguistics)
Contact hours
Fortnightly two-hour long seminars
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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  • 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, 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.