• 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, Pacific Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Learning Outcomes

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

The course will initiate students to the descriptive study of modern languages within the context of their family; it will also consolidate and advance their understanding of the principles of language change.

On successful completion of this course, students should:

  1. be familiar with the grammatical structures of the adopted language (Hiw);
  2. be familiar with the typological profile of Oceanic languages, in domains such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantic structures;
  3. be able to situate the historical development of Oceanic languages within the broader history of the Asia-Pacific region;
  4. be able to analyse raw linguistic data (whether from the language of reference or from other languages), and articulate analytical hypotheses in both synchronic and diachronic perspectives.

Other Information

This is an advanced linguistic course focusing on the Austronesian (AN) language family, with a particular focus on its Oceanic subgroup. Austronesian is the world's largest language family in terms of geographical spread, spanning more than half the globe: from Madagascar to Easter Island, and from Taiwan to New Zealand. This vast and diverse language family is also one of the best documented. It includes both major world languages with millions of speakers, like Indonesian and Tagalog, and tiny Oceanic languages spoken on a remote island with only a couple of hundred speakers. During the course students will learn about features of the grammars of selected languages of the family; comparative phonology, morphology, syntax, vocabulary; reconstruction of aspects of the proto-language; language change and cultural history; and recent developments and current typological and theoretical issues in Austronesian linguistics.

This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.

Indicative Assessment

1. Two problem-sets illustrating linguistic analyses to concrete data (20%, LOs 1,4), with 1-2 pages of data calling for 2-3 pages of analysis.
2. A short critical summary of 1000 words of a journal article, which addresses a significant issue in Austronesian linguistics (15%; LOs 1, 2,3).
3. A 20 minute oral presentation on a selected topic, possibly developed to become a research essay topic (10%; LOs 2,3,5, 6,7).
4. Attendance and participation in class discussions (5%; LOs 6).
5. A research essay, 2000-2500 words, which can either be an original investigation and analysis of some aspect of an Austronesian language, or a comparative study of a particular property across Austronesian languages (50%, including 20% draft, 5% peer-review report, and 25% final revised version; LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6,7). Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but may expect more rigorous assessment and additional assignment work, tailored to the student's interests.

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32 contact hours (lectures/tutorials) over the course of the semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with LING3008


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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