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LNGS3701: Functional Grammar

This unit takes a functional view of grammar, considering the ways in which English is organised to build up our picture of reality, to enable us to interact in conversation and to make our contribution coherent and relevant. It is designed to give students skills in the analysis of ideational, interpersonal and textual meaning in the clause, the nature of inter-clausal relations, and the structure of nominal, verbal and adverbial groups and prepositional phrases.


Academic unit Linguistics
Unit code LNGS3701
Unit name Functional Grammar
Session, year
Semester 1, 2021
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Remote
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

12 credit points at 2000 level in Linguistics
Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator James Martin,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Essay
Essay... functional language typology; compare and contrast two languages.
50% Formal exam period
Due date: 23 Jun 2021 at 09:00
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Assignment 1
Nominal group analysis.
10% Week 03
Due date: 17 Mar 2021 at 09:00
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Assignment 2
Transitivity analysis.
10% Week 06
Due date: 14 Apr 2021 at 09:00
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Assignment 3
Mood, theme analysis.
10% Week 08
Due date: 28 Apr 2021 at 09:00
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment Assignment 4
Clause complex analysis.
10% Week 10
Due date: 12 May 2021 at 09:00
Outcomes assessed: LO4
Assignment Assignment 5
Verbal group analysis.
10% Week 11
Due date: 19 May 2021 at 09:00
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3

5 term assignments for analysis practice.

1 final essay comapring and contrasting two languages.


Assessment criteria

HD 85-100 exceptional

D 75-84 very high

Cr 65-74 good

Pass 50-64 acceptable

F 0-49 Stanards not met

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day

Special consideration

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. Understand the distinctive nature of a functional perspective as applied to the study of grammar
  • LO2. acquire basic grammar analysis skills, including argumentation motivating decisions about competing alternatives;
  • LO3. begin to understand how to use linguistic analysis to distinguish texts from different social contexts;
  • LO4. begin to understand the ways in which grammar enacts social values and identities.

Graduate qualities

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GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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