• 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
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Carmel O'Shannessy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course LING6016
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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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 Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Describe the principal aspects of Australian Indigenous languages in general.
  2. Understand several of the ways in which languages are used in Indigenous Australia.
  3. Apply basic principles of language analysis to selected data from a few samples of particular languages.
  4. Discuss the issues involved in one sub-area of the course topic.
  5. Understand the strengths and limitations of a grammar of an Australian Indigenous language.

Indicative Assessment

3 assignments (750 words each) (15% each, totaling 45%) [Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,5]
Essay presentation, 10 mins (10%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Research essay, 2500 words (45%) [Learning Outcome 1, 2, 3, 5]

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Workload

130 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

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 12 units of Anthropology (ANTH), Archaeology (ARCH or PREH), History (HIST), Linguistics (LING) or Sociology (SOCY). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6016. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

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Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4885 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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