SPH101 Speech, Language, and Culture (8)


This subject encourages students to explore their understanding of speech, language, and culture through self reflection, analysis and discussion of theory plus numerous practical tasks. Students will then apply this understanding to the analysis of samples of spoken interaction involving people with, and without, communication difficulties.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3
DistanceAlbury-Wodonga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPH101
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Community Health

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to discuss the ways in which speech, language, and culture impact on different groups of people in our communities
  • Be able to apply knowledge of the main frameworks of linguistic analysis, including: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics to samples of spoken interaction.
  • Be able to use practical strategies for ongoing learning about cultural diversity in Australia
  • Be able to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) to transcribe speech in Standard Australian English
  • Be able to use the knowledge of linguistics (including the IPA) to identify differences between speech varieties (langauges and dialects)


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Definitions of, and connections between, speech, language and culture
  • Overview of theoretical and practical aspects of studying culture.
  • An overview of linguistics including:
  • - Phonetics and the international phonetic alphabet (IPA)
  • - Transcription of normal speech
  • - Language Components: phonology, morphology, syntax, grammar, semantics, pragmatics
  • - Linguistic sub-specialities: sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neuro-linguistics
  • Introduction to the real world needs of people with communication difficulties
  • Reflection on personal and linguistic approaches to language attitudes and langauge subordination


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.