The course aims to introduce students to the basic principles and methods of historical linguistics, including processes of language change and language contact, as well as the ways in which linguistic development reflects socio-cultural change. We will use language history as a starting point for broader discussions that incorporate research from anthropology, archaeology and population genetics, asking how the different disciplines tell similar or different stories about the Asia-Pacific past. Students will be encouraged to investigate one set of languages and the ways in which micro-scale case studies are incorporated into macro-scale discussions of language and history across Asia and the Pacific.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Having completed this course students will be able to:
- Describe how linguists have approached the study of Asia and the Pacific;
- Critically use concepts and tools from the discipline of linguistics to develop, review, analyse and synthesise knowledge about Asia and the Pacific;
- Evaluate how the study of Asia and the Pacific has influenced the discipline of linguistics.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (5%); Assignments, three of 10% each (30%); Language case study, 1500-2000 words (30%); Research paper, 2000-2500 words (35%).
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Workload1 x 2 hour lecture plus 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3358||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|