Language and Communication

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Language and Communication

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    An introduction to the study of language, increasing understanding of a range of language issues of general interest in the community.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. Make suitable use of reference material, including dictionaries, books, journals and other works, as appropriate to the field;
    2. Appreciate some of the complexity of linguistic behaviour;
    3. Understand and articulate some very general features of language, such as the inevitability of language change and the importance of structure dependence;
    4. Understand and articulate some popular misconceptions about language, showing why they are erroneous;
    5. Discuss actual language usage as reflected in genuine data they have seen. The assignments are designed to provide training in the use of reference tools, in the presentation of material, in working with genuine language data, and in thinking about language as a human

    Assignment 1 (350-1000 word essay)- 25%
    Assignment 2 (1000-word essay)- 25%
    Assignment 3 (1000-word essay)- 25%
    In-class test- 25%

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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