• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bethwyn Evans
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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All languages change. This course explores explanations and motivations for change in different linguistic domains. Students will learn how our understanding of observed types of change enables us to reconstruct past linguistic states and make certain cultural inferences.The class also will explore methods and models of language classification. This course shares lectures and skills sessions with LING2005, but has separate postgraduate tutorials  and assessment.

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. Understanding how and why languages change.
  2. Mastering the methods of describing linguistic (especially phonological) changes and of reconstructing earlier stages and developments of languages.
  3. Understanding the basis for recognising genetic relationships between languages.

Indicative Assessment

5 analytical assignments (35%), 2500-3000 word essay (30%), Critical summaries (c 750 words each) of two significant articles (10%), and a take-home examination, to be done over a 25-hour period agreed upon by the class (25%). Graduate students attend joint lectures with undergraduates but have a separate tutorials and a different assessment pattern from undergraduates

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Workload

2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week. Expect to spend 6 out-of-class hours per week on this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2005. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Fees

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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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
3381 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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