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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anna Margetts


This unit traces the development of child language from pre-speech to later stages of acquisition, including the development of communicative competence. It examines the development of the child's phonological, syntactic, morphological and semantic system and attempts to account for this development by considering various linguistic models and theories. The unit also investigates the comprehension and production of speech. Experimental evidence is examined in order to determine the psychological validity of the various models and theories which have been proposed to describe the process involved in comprehending and producing speech.


By the completion of this subject, students are expected to have developed

  1. a critical understanding of the process of language acquisition and the various theories which have developed to account for this acquisition

  1. a critical understanding of the mental processes of sentence comprehension and production and the various theories which have been developed to explain these processes.

More generally students are expected to develop

  1. critical reading skills

2.analytic and interpretive skills in dealing with raw language data

3.the ability to assess evidence supporting various theories and thereby evaluate these theories

4.the ability to present logical, coherent arguments, both orally and in writing


Assignments (3500 words): 75%
Examination (1 hour): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Anna Margetts

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



A first-year sequence in Linguistics.