• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Students work under guidance with a native speaker of a previously undescribed language, learning how to analyse a language from scratch, preparing and archiving descriptive materials, and writing papers on some aspects of the grammar (syntax, phonology, lexicon). Instruction is given in the methodology of  linguistic fieldwork, including analysis and organisation of data, and the social dimensions of work with speakers of minority languages. The elicitation and analysis will deepen the understanding and skills which students have acquired in their earlier coursework.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply skills which they have developed in this course to the evaluation of real data from language speakers in some specific linguistic subdiscipline.
  2. Apply databasing and formatting skills learned in this class to the management of large amounts of data.
  3. Analyse selected structures of a foreign language on the basis of oral data that they have collected  from a native speaker.

Other Information

How to enrol into a course offered in a non-standard session (Summer Session, Autumn Session, Winter Session, Spring Session):

  1. Complete an Enrolment Variation Form available on the following website: http://students.anu.edu.au/manage/vary.php.   
  2. You must include the Course Code, Class number and Semester/Session.
  3. If the course requires Convenor approval (Departmental consent), the Lecturer section must be signed by the appropriate Course Convenor prior to submitting the Form.
  4. Submit the Form in person to the CASS Student Office located in the Beryl Rawson Building 13, Ellery Crescent or online to students.cass@anu.edu.au.
  5. Please allow up to 3 weeks for processing, and submit your request as early as possible prior to the commencement of the relevant session.
  6. You are advised to check ISIS for the outcome of your request after this period.
  7. Please take note of the Overload Policy which may apply if you are enrolling in a non-standard session.

If you have questions, please contacts the CASS Student Office at students.cass@anu.edu.au.

Indicative Assessment

Preparation for elicitation sessions (Total of 20%, for preparation for nine sessions, 2-3 pages of notes for each) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

Report  on Phonology (15%) (due week 3, perceptual phonetics and phonological analysis) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]

Transcription, analysis and translation of recorded text (15%) (due week 8, perception, morphological analysis and accurate data management). This part of the assessment may be done in a group. [Learning Outcomes 2, 3]

Production of literacy materials (10%) (due week 10, data management and phonology/orthography organisation) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

Report of 2500 words concerning data collected in this class on some other aspect of linguistic structure (40%) (sub-disciplinary specialization as chosen through discussion between student and lecturer)  [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

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The course will run, in intensive mode, for 3 weeks from Jan 28th.

There will be weekly morning meetings of the whole class with the speaker from 9.15 to 11.00. There will be additional 90-minute meetings of pairs of students with the speaker, 3 times per week, over the three weeks, to be scheduled late morning or afternoon by mutual convenience.

In total, students can expect to work approximately 30 hours/week while classes are in session, with further work to make a total of 130 hours of work for the course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING2003 and LING2007 and either LING2019 or LING1010 or LING2010. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

A reading brick of relevant materials, partly drawing on the books listed in Preliminary Reading will be made available.

Preliminary Reading

A list of preliminary readings will be available on the Wattle site for the course.

Relevant journal articles, useful URLs, discipline specific journals




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3413 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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