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CSCD1034: Linguistics and Phonetics

2024 unit information

Students will explore the nature of language: introduction to phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and orthographic systems, , with a clinical focus. Particular emphasis on grammar, phonetics and articulation assessment and intervention. Analysis of language for clinical purposes (especially grammar transcription and phonetic transcription skills). This unit of study prepares students with the necessary background knowledge to undertake phonology, language and clinical units later in the course.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Communication Sciences

Code CSCD1034
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Identify and differentiate component levels of oral and written language such as form (phonology/ orthography), meaning (semantics), and structure (morphology/syntax)
  • LO2. Describe and compare key theories and models of key linguistic processes such as spoken word recognition and semantic representation
  • LO3. identify and discuss the range of professionals that work with spoken and written language and its component parts
  • LO4. Describe, interpret, and apply scientific information and evidence relating to linguistics, phonetics, and phonology necessary to meet the communication needs of individuals and communities
  • LO5. demonstrate competence in analysis of syntax/grammar
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding and skills using professional oral and written communication academically and as a health professional
  • LO7. demonstrate competence in broad (phonemic) transcription of adult and child Australian English. Use using appropriate diacritics
  • LO8. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of reliability measures and ability to evaluate phonemic transcription reliability
  • LO9. understand vowel and diphthong mapping onto an acoustic-articulatory map using knowledge of formants
  • LO10. select appropriate sampling rates when digitally recording speech signals for analysis in clinical and research settings
  • LO11. identify individual phonemes within connected speech on a spectrograph, and relate findings to articulatory function using the Source-Filter model of speech production
  • LO12. compare and interpret vowels of various dialects of English including culturally diverse dialects and the range of vowels within Aboriginal English, using an acoustic-articulatory map
  • LO13. demonstrate an understanding of simultaneous and sequential bilingualism as it relates to the development of speech production, spoken and written language

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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