• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Linguistics
  • Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

All languages change. This course explores explanations and motivations for change in different linguistc domains. Students will learn how our understanding of the observed types of change enables us to reconstruct past linguistic states and make certain cultural inferences. The class will explore methods and models of language classification.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of how and why languages change.

2. Apply methods of describing linguistic changes and reconstruct earlier stages of languages.

3. Evaluate and apply models for determining genetic relationships between languages.

4. Undertake guided research in some area of language change.

Indicative Assessment

3 x Analytical assignments (3 x 10% = 30% total), each based on 1-2 pages of data and requiring 2-4 pages of analysis and explanation [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

2,500 research paper (30%) [Learning Outcome 4]

5 training exercises (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

Final examination (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-3]

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2 hours of lectures per week (weeks 1-13) and one hour of tutorial or skills session per week  (weeks 2-13).  Expect to spend 7 out-of-class hours per week on this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING1001 or LING2001 or LING1010 or LING2010. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6005. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.




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

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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10034 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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