• 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

Around 300 languages have been used in traditional and modern Australian Indigenous societies, linking land, people and all aspects of life. What are these languages like? What roles do the languages play? In this course we explore some of the richness and complexity of ways of interacting in Australian languages, learn about their sounds, words and grammatical patterns, and gain an understanding of how languages reflect social, cultural and physical environments.  Through learning a little of an Indigenous language, you will learn about features characteristic of Australian indigenous languages including ways of talking about kin and family relationships, specialised ways of talking to show respect, and interesting grammatical patterns. English has encroached massively on Australian indigenous languages. We’ll discuss the effect this has, including how new ways of speaking are created, how languages are lost and the ways in which Indigenous speakers are teaching and reviving their traditional languages today. This course is a must for anyone interested in exploring the richness of Australian Indigenous languages in their social context.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. describe the distinctive structural features of Australian Indigenous languages;
  2. explain the linguistic, cultural and interactional use and significance of Australian Indigenous languages;
  3. apply principles of linguistic analysis to selected data from Australian languages;
  4. discuss the issues involved in one sub-area of a topic relating to Australian Indigenous languages; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to gain linguistic information from a grammar of an Australian Indigenous language.

Indicative Assessment

Analysis of sounds of a language, 500 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 3
 
Analysis of the structure of a language, 750 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 3
 
Assignment on some language learned in the course, 500 words (15%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5
 
Major research essay, 3000 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-5
 
Class participation and discussion (5%) Learning outcomes 1-5
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 12 units of Anthropology (ANTH), Archaeology (ARCH or PREH), History (HIST), Linguistics (LING) or Sociology (SOCY). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING6016. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

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Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3000
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $4560
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3476 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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