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

Social settings involving interaction between speakers of different languages and/or dialects can lead to language change. This course explores such “contact-induced” language change in terms of:

(i)different social contexts, such as multilingual societies, immigration, colonisation, trade, cultural hegemony; and

(ii)different sociolinguistic processes, including accommodation, code-switching, borrowing copying) of vocabulary, adaptation of linguistic structure, dialect leveling (koineisation), language shift, creation of new languages through pidginisation and language mixing.

Students are introduced to theories and models of language contact and learn how to use them to analyse and understand linguistic data from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. The course will focus on language settings in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, but will also consider case studies from other areas of the world.

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. understand, evaluate and critically assess current models and theories of language contact;
  2. identify different sociolinguistic processes and their role in contact-induced language change;
  3. analyse linguistic data within a speaker-based model of language contact;
  4. critically assess and evaluate research on a specific language contact scenario;
  5. reflect on and articulate how multilingual social settings influence everyday language use.

Indicative Assessment

2 Assignments, 1,000 words total (20%, LOs 1, 2, 3)
Essay 3,000 words (40%, LOs 1-5)
Theoretical Report, 2,000 words, (30%, LOs 1, 4, 5)
Tutorial participation (10%, LOs 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 tutorials, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

LING6001. Incompatible with LING2018

Fees

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

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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 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8504 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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