• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Blended
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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Students work under guidance with a native speaker of a previously undescribed language , refining the skills learned in earlier courses and writing papers on some aspects of the grammar (syntax or phonology) of the language. 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.

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.
  4. Successfully articulate findings from their data and the analysis of these finding to a linguistics audience.

Indicative Assessment

Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but may expect more rigorous assessment and additional assignment work, tailored to the student's interests.

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]

Analytical paper of 3000 words which presents an analysis of data collected in this class on some other aspect of linguistic structure (40%) (subdisciplinary specialization as chosen through discussion between student and lecturer)  [Learning Outcomes 1-4]

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The course will run, in intensive mode, for 3 weeks from the second week of January.

There will be weekly morning meetings of the whole class with the native 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 LINNG2010. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING2009. 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. 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:
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
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

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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
3389 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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