- Code ASIA6308
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Archaeology, Asian Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Asia Pacific Studies More...
This course is an introduction to historical linguistics, and how the study of linguistic histories informs our more general understanding of the history of Asia and the Pacific – particularly when we go back beyond the reach of written records. Asia and the Pacific form the linguistically most diverse area in the world, and past and present societies across the two regions are typically identified by the kind of languages they speak. The course explores the status and internal diversity of a number of different language groupings, including language families such as Sino-Tibetan, Austroasiatic, Tai-Kadai and Austronesian, linguistic areas such as India and Mainland Southeast Asia, and languages whose historical connections remain debated, such as Japanese and Korean, and it considers what language histories can tell us about the non-linguistic histories of Asia-Pacific societies. The course aims to introduce students to the basic principles and methods of historical linguistics, including processes of language change and language contact, as well as the ways in which linguistic development reflects socio-cultural change. We will use language history as a starting point for broader discussions that incorporate research from anthropology, archaeology and population genetics, asking how the different disciplines tell similar or different stories about the Asia-Pacific past.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of and evaluate current models and theories of using language to recover the past
2. Analyse linguistic data using methods of historical linguistics
3. Critically assess and evaluate research on specific language history scenarios
4. Reflect on and articulate how language histories interact with research from related disciplines
5. Construct well-supported arguments in support of different perspectives on language histories.
Indicative Assessment1. Tutorial Participation- 10% of course grade; addresses all five learning outcomes
2. Three Assignments- 30% of the course mark (10% each assignment); addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4
3. Research Project - 60% of course mark (including 10% proposal and annotated bibliography, 20% round-table discussion and 30% essay); addresses all five learning outcomes.
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WorkloadContact hours for this course are two one-hour lectures and one one-hour tutorial per week. Students are expected to spend an additional six hours of independent study on prescribed class readings, tutorial preparation, and assessment preparation.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThere is no single prescribed text for this course. Readings will be provided from various sources and made available on Wattle.
Areas of Interest
- Asian Languages
- Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Asia Pacific Studies
- Asia-Pacific Studies
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