LING101 Introduction to Linguistics

Updated: 09 March 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.

Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions LING100

This unit has an Online Examination option. See assessment information for further details.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Ines Anton-Mendez (
Unit Description

Language is a fundamental aspect of our humanity. LING101 provides an introductory overview of the basic structural features of language, and the techniques used by linguists to analyse the sounds, words, and grammar of any language. It explores the role of language in society, touching on varieties of language (dialects, standards, etc) and the attitudes people have towards different kinds of language. LING101 also explores how children acquire language, and the processes adults go through as they learn a second language (first- and second- language acquisition). There is an emphasis on problem-solving and data analysis; however, you do not need to know any language other than English to undertake this unit.

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction

ISBN: 9781111344382
Denham, K. and Lobeck, A., Wadsworth Publishing 2nd ed. 2011

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online Quizzes 25% 1500
Assessment Notes

2 Online Quizzes each worth 10%, 15%

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Compulsory Worksheet 35% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 3, 5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 40% 2000
Assessment Notes

Written examination: Students are required to acheive a minimum mark of 40% in this assessment in order to pass the unit. This exam will be offered in hard copy at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Students who would like to take up the online option will need a webcam and a reliable internet connection. More information can be found on our web page at

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-6

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent knowledge of the analytical concepts and skills necessary to describe the sound systems, word structures, word meanings, and sentence patterns of a language;
  2. analyse and identify linguistic structures of non-English languages;
  3. demonstrate recognition of the role played by variation in the linguistic codes of English, and of other languages;
  4. evaluate and summarise the basic linguistic research into first language acquisition and second language learning;
  5. demonstrate understanding of the problems of analysing meaning through coherently describing this to both specialist and non-specialist audiences; and
  6. analyse and describe how words are formed, and how certain words or parts of words function to produce meaning.