An Introduction to Language with Student Resource Access 12 Months

Victoria Fromkin

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An Introduction to Language

Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams, Mengistu Amberber, Felicity Cox, Rosalind Thornton

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Linguistics Summary Notes

1-2 page summary of the key principles from each section (Morphology, Syntax, Semantics & Pragmatics...

10 pages, 1758 words

The Secret Life of Language LING10001 Summary Notes

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This subject has some great reviews but I don't know what happened in 2021. The lecturer (Brett) was very boring and couldn't explain things. My tutor, Rikke, was ok at explaining things but not very engaging and clearly didn't want to be there. I've generally only heard good things about it but I guess it depends on the year.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2021

Brilliant subject! Peter is passionate and engaging, and so was my tutor, Nick. The topics can be challenging at times, but finally understanding them is so rewarding. Gives you a good overview of the different areas of linguistics if you are planning to major in it!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

I took this subject as breadth in my first year, and it was my favourite subject! It's very well organised, you get a taste of lots of different aspects of linguistics but it doesn't feel rushed. Some topics are harder than others, especially the more applied ones (e.g. phonology and historical linguistics) but as long as you've paid attention to the earlier topics (especially phonetics!) it's manageable and very interesting. I had Peter as both lecturer and tutor and he was amazing, he really helped us to engage with the content and his genuine love for the subject was infectious! The assessment was always clear and straight-forward, and the question formats were consistent between tutes, assignments and the exam. The assessment feels like word puzzles, and there's no essays which was a plus for me. The tutorial document also has notes with all of the information from the lectures so you don't even have to take your own notes. I didn't take notes or do any of the readings, but still felt like I understood the concepts really well from the practice you get in tutorials. Overall, it's an easy H1 if you pay attention in the lectures and do the tutorial questions. Highly recommend!!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

I took this as a breadth in the first year of my degree, and I loved it! The lecturer, Peter, was phenomenal. He was so knowledgeable in his field and he was very engaging during tutes. My tutor, Nick, was probably the best tutor I've had. He was immensely passionate about linguistics and he made each week very interesting and informative, building very well upon the lectures for that week. It's a fantastic introductory subject to linguistics and it ties into a variety of other disciplines, so there is something interesting for everyone. I highly recommend this subject as a breadth because it's so broad and you gain a rich understanding of linguistics and how it fits with other subjects. I did English Language in VCE and I thought it would be similar, and while it's useful to have the background knowledge, this subject is so much more in-depth and covers a wider variety of topics. Highly recommend this subject to everyone! It's structured super well and clearly. You have enough time on the assignments, and the marking scheme is very clear, so it's easy to know what to do to obtain good marks. The exam was challenging, but if you had been keeping up with the material and had a good understanding of it, it was interesting to apply your knowledge to some more difficult problem sets.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

I took this as a breadth subject in the final semester of my degree and absolutely loved it! The content was fascinating, provided you took the time to really engage with it. If you do dedicate enough time to it, this subject can really boost your WAM. Peter's passion for the subject made it particularly enjoyable! I would also highly recommend joining and connecting with a reading group in this subject, as they got me through the semester :)

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

Honestly found this subject more challenging than it should have been. This definitely sucked the fun out of it for me. Haven’t done the exam yet but the assignments have been ok. No long essays, but sometimes there are tricky problems. Felt like a lot of content was smushed into 12 weeks but you get a feel for all areas of linguistics which was helpful to me

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2020

This subject is very interesting and I would highly recommend to take it. The lecturer is super funny and professional at the same time. Assignments aren't heavy at all so not stressful at all!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019

Probably the best subject I've taken this year. An excellent introduction to linguistics. The lectures are very helpful and interesting, the manual contains a bunch of useful and genuinely fun exercises, the textbook is a good read, and the tutorials were so great I didn't care one bit that I had to stay until 6:15. My tutor was charismatic, unabashedly geeky and incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about linguistics. The exercises we did in the tutorial were gratifying and enriching, working with the other students and sharing our collective insight was great, and the environment was generally enthusiastic. The exercises give you all the satisfaction of an algebra problem, without all the crippling anxiety of arithmetic (perfect for an Arts student like me). My only criticism is that the tutorials didn't go for long enough. I wouldn't have gladly stayed another hour for everything I got out of them. I would highly recommend this subject, especially if you enjoy languages or mathematics.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017

Really interesting introduction to linguistics. All lecturers were really good, and lecture material clear and concise. Assignments were actually enjoyable and not too time consuming, and tutorial exercises definitely complemented the lecture material well. Highly recommend!

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015

Excellent subject for anyone with an interest in linguistics or anyone just wanting to know what it's all about. Clearly and concisely introduces all the elements of linguistic study while providing students with reasonable course work and assessments with which to apply this knowledge and cement their understanding.

Anonymous, Semester 2, 2015