- Code LING6016
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Indigenous Australian Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Around 300 languages have been used in traditional and modern Australian Indigenous societies. This unit introduces their sounds, words, grammars and use. You'll learn about speech etiquette, specialised codes and respect language, how languages reflect social, cultural and physical environments, along with learning something of a traditional language and a creole. Language-land relations, land rights, and placenames are a focus. We discuss the effect of English on traditional languages: borrowing, language reduction, loss, shift, and the creation of new varieties (e.g. Aboriginal English). We consider policies on language rights, reversing language shift through language revitalisation and bilingual education.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe coherently the principal aspects of Australian Indigenous languages in general.
- Understand several of the ways in which languages are used in Indigenous Australia.
- Apply key principles of language analysis to selected data from a few samples of particular languages.
- Discuss in depth the issues involved in one sub-area of the course topic.
- Understand the strengths and limitations of a grammar of an Australian Indigenous language.
Indicative Assessment3 assignments (750 words each) (10% each, totaling 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,5]
Essay presentation, 10 mins (10%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Research essay, 3500 words (40%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 5]
Critical report, 1500 words (20%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Indicative Reading List
Use resources of the AIATSIS library http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/library
No prior linguistic knowledge is assumed.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|4886||19 Feb 2018||26 Feb 2018||31 Mar 2018||25 May 2018||In Person|