LING 2047 - Language and Meaning

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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This course introduces students to a social theory of language which proposes that grammar is a resource for making meanings. It provides an introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and the model of language described within this linguistic tradition. A core element of the course involves studying about the model of language, that is looking in detail at the different elements of systemic functional grammar. This is the practical element of the course, in which the grammar is introduced and students are provided with opportunities to learn and practise its components, particularly at the level of the clause. We will also spend time in considering the application of the grammar to the analysis of text, to see how grammar is used to create meaningful texts. A third component of the course will be to describe the theoretical background of SFL. The broad aim is to demonstrate how the model can be employed in describing, analysing and interpreting how language functions in different contexts, both professional and personal. Students will explore in some detail the language of different text types produced in these different contexts. They will learn the ways in which texts are in fact sensitive to the context in which they are produced, and particularly how different elements within the context impact on and shape language use. We will apply the model of language to explore a range of issues such as: how language varies according to social context and communicative purpose; how language is used to exercise power; how language is used to create, structure and exchange information; and how language is used to represent the world as we see it, that is to represent our `reality?

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code LING 2047
    Course Language and Meaning
    Coordinating Unit Linguistics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
    Incompatible LING 2006 & 3006
    Course Description This course introduces students to a social theory of language which proposes that grammar is a resource for making meanings. It provides an introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and the model of language described within this linguistic tradition. A core element of the course involves studying about the model of language, that is looking in detail at the different elements of systemic functional grammar. This is the practical element of the course, in which the grammar is introduced and students are provided with opportunities to learn and practise its components, particularly at the level of the clause. We will also spend time in considering the application of the grammar to the analysis of text, to see how grammar is used to create meaningful texts. A third component of the course will be to describe the theoretical background of SFL.
    The broad aim is to demonstrate how the model can be employed in describing, analysing and interpreting how language functions in different contexts, both professional and personal. Students will explore in some detail the language of different text types produced in these different contexts. They will learn the ways in which texts are in fact sensitive to the context in which they are produced, and particularly how different elements within the context impact on and shape language use. We will apply the model of language to explore a range of issues such as: how language varies according to social context and communicative purpose; how language is used to exercise power; how language is used to create, structure and exchange information; and how language is used to represent the world as we see it, that is to represent our `reality?
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Walsh

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Walsh
    Phone: 08 8303 5196 Email: john.walsh@adelaide.edu.au
    Campus: North Terrace Room: Napier Building, Room 924

    Course Tutor: Ms. Evita Ratcliffe
    Phone: 08 8313 1403Email: evita.ratcliffe@student.adelaide.edu.au
    Campus: North Terrace Room: Napier Building, Room 912

    Communication: Please make initial inquiries for appointments with John and Evita via email.
    Consultation: John Walsh, Monday 2.00 – 4.00pm
    Evita Ratcliffe, Thursday 12.00 – 1.00pm
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 demonstrate a knowledge of the key elements of the SFL model of language
    2 understand the nature and the workings of English lexis and grammar
    3 demonstrate some understanding of the application of the grammar to text analysis
    4 understand how language use and the system of language are related
    5 engage confidently with technical discourse and metalanguage
    6 describe how language is used to exercise power
    7 analyse how language constitutes particular theories of reality
    8 use new knowledge to better prepare and deliver coherently and logically argued written assignments
    9 critically evaluate their own and others’ written texts
    10 engage productively and respectfully with their peers
    University Graduate Attributes

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  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    (Set text to be announced) Students will be expected to purchase a copy of the set text.

    Students will be expected to regularly consult the Oxford English Dictionary (OUP 1989; online),

    The Linguistics homepage on the Barr Smith Library site has a section on resources for Systemic Functional Linguistics. Click on the following link:

    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/library/guide/hum/english/E_shksp.html
    Online Learning
    Additional course-related material is available through MyUni including: course profile, lecture content, description of assessment tasks, other readings and related materials.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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