• 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, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, Linguistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Evans
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able 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. Analyse raw linguistic data from Papuan languages
4. 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
5. Evaluate their own linguistic analysis of a Papuan language within its broader typological, theoretical and/or historical context
6. Collaborate with other students in the selection and analysis of data for a project on a given variety
7. Research, present and justify the results of their collaboration with other students with respect to the project

Indicative Assessment

1. Two data analysis problems- 15% each = 30% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
2. Analysis of a short text- 15% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 3, 4 and 5
3. Research Project, including oral presentation and essay- 55% of course mark; addresses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7

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Workload

The total workload for this course is 130 hours including in class time and independent study. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed LING6003 (Introduction to Syntax) Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. This course is incompatible with LING3031.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be provided on wattle. 

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
2020 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
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
4658 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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