- Code LING6016
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 PGRD
- Mode of delivery Blended
Introduction to the languages of the traditional and modern Indigenous societies of Australia. History of research on Australian languages. Language and territoriality. Main characteristics of the sounds and grammar of Australian languages (including some learning of one of the traditional languages). Vocabulary and semantic structure (especially kinship and placenames), and how these reflect the physical, social, and cultural environments of the speakers. Speech use and etiquette, including specialised codes and respect language. The impact of English on traditional languages: borrowing, language reduction, loss and shift. New varieties of language: pidgins, creoles (some Northern Territory Kriol will be learned), and Aboriginal English. Language reclamation and revitalisation. Language and education: policy, bilingual education, etc. Language and the law, including land rights and Native Title.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
To gain a relatively non-technical understanding of the nature and role of language in traditional and post-contact Australian Indigenous society.
3 exercises (30%), a 2500 word essay (40%), and a 1500-word critical report on a topic other than that of the essay (30%)
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26 hours of lectures and 7 tutorial hours. Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but have a different assessment pattern. Expect to devote two hours outside of class for each hour of class.
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Use resources of the AIATSIS library http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/library
No prior linguistic knowledge is assumed.
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