- Code LING3008
- Unit Value 6 units
The languages to be studied in 2014 are the so-called Papuan languages
Comparative study of a selected language family (to vary each year): features of the grammar of selected languages of the family; comparative phonology, morphology, syntax, vocabulary; reconstruction of aspects of the proto-language; subgrouping; language change and cultural history. Recent developments and current issues in the historical study of the language family. Methodological issues in describing language change, establishing genetic relation, and reconstructing language prehistory.
The course will serve both to initiate students into the descriptive and comparative study of a particular language family and to consolidate and advance their understanding of the principles of language change and the practice of linguistic reconstruction.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course students should be able to:
- identify varieties of the language family based on aspects of their phonology, morphology, and syntax;
- assess arguments pertaining to the history and development of the varieties of the language family;
- explain the complex attitudes people have to varieties of the languages;
- analyse raw linguistic data;
- collaborate with other students in the selection and analysis of data for a project on a given variety;
- research, present and justify the results of your collaboration with other students with respect to the projects;
- reflect on and articulate how your own understanding of language variety and change have developed over the course of the semester.
Other InformationIn 2014 the course will examine the so-called Papuan languages, which are the 800 or so languages of Melanesia and surrounding areas (from Timor to the Solomon Islands) which do not belong to the Austronesian family – and which are famed as coming from the most linguistically diverse region on earth. These 800 languages belong to perhaps 45 distinct language families and, in around 1% of the world's land area, exhibit a degree of genetic and typological diversity found for the whole of Eurasia.
This class starts in Week 2. Assessment and timetabling will be discussed with students.
one 2500-3000 word essay (30%), short critical summaries of 1000 words (20%), presentations (20%), problem sets (10%), group project (20%).
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32 contact hours (lectures/tutorials) over the course of the semester.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9828||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|