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Language, Culture and Communication - LING109

This unit investigates language through issues the major linguists have asked over the last century. These questions begin with: what counts as a sign and how sign systems begin in a community, but organise the brain of the individual. We track the emergence of language in the child and variations of language which are a consequence of new pressures to act, talk, and think throughout our social networks. The unit also examines the variation of languages across 'language families', and the extent to which linguistic tools can be applied in diverse areas of cultural analysis – from electronic channels to verbal art. We consider the power of language by looking at the relationship of language to the ideologies of everyday experience, as well as those that are actively produced and maintained by powerful groups with vested interests.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 Evening - Session 2, North Ryde, Evening

S2 External - Session 2, External (with on campus sessions)

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor David Butt, Associate Professor Annabelle Lukin



Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Linguistics

Faculty of Human Sciences

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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