- Code LING3031
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Pacific Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies More...
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Nicholas Evans
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course will examine the so-called Papuan languages, which are the 800 or so languages of Melanesia and surrounding areas (from Timor to the Solomon Islands) which do not belong to the Austronesian family – and which are famed as coming from the most linguistically diverse region on earth. These 800 languages belong to perhaps 45 distinct language families and, in around 1% of the world's land area, exhibit a degree of genetic and typological diversity found for the whole of Eurasia. The course will serve both to initiate students into the descriptive and comparative typological study of the Papuan languages and to consolidate and advance their understanding of the principles of language analysis and linguistic theory based on the data from the Papuan languages. It will run along two tracks: (i) a language-specific track, where we will gain in-depth familiarity with one Papuan language (choice will vary from year to year), and (ii) a broad survey of the nature of Papuan languages and the special analytic challenges that they raise for all areas of linguistic science, from phonetics/phonology through morphosyntax and semantics to studies of multilingualism, typology and the mechanisms that create linguistic diversity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the skills and knowledge to:
1. Recognise linguistic characteristics and analyse problems raised by Papuan languages, the most significant publications tackling these issues, and their genetic and typological diversity
2. Assess arguments pertaining to the typology, history and theoretical analysis of selected issues found in Papuan languages
3. Create an in-depth, synthetic analysis of how one Papuan language works, with the ability to parse, analyse and understand texts in the language with the help of a glossary
4. Analyse raw linguistic data
5. Collaborate with other students in the selection and analysis of data for a project on a given variety
6. Research, present and justify the results of their collaboration with other students with respect to the project
Indicative Assessment1. Two data analysis problems- 15% each = 30% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4
2. Analysis of a short text- 15% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4
3. Class presentation- 15% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6
4. Essay- 40% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6
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WorkloadThe total workload for the course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study.
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Prescribed TextsCourse materials will be available on Wattle.
Areas of Interest
- Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Pacific Studies
- Asia Pacific Studies
- Language Studies
- Asia-Pacific Studies
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