- Code LING6035
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Translation Studies, Language Studies
Meaning is what language is all about, and the study of meaning across languages is a central part of linguistics. Semantic typology compares meanings expressed by words, phrases and grammatical constructions across the world's languages. Its major focus is establishing how languages differ and what they share, as well as developing frameworks for studying commonality and diversity in meaning.
Bringing together ANU's distinctive traditions in both semantics and typology, and building on its world-class standing in both areas, this advanced-level course will broaden and deepen students’ understanding of semantic diversity, semantic universals, and the challenge of studying meanings across languages, cultures and domains. By linking the study of meaning with what John Locke called “human understanding” and with an interest in peoples, languages and cultures across time and space, this course will equip students with high-level knowledge and skills to think critically about meaning, to develop precise tools for analysing cross-linguistic and cross-cultural differences in how the world is conceived, to conduct cutting-edge research in the fast-growing field of semantic typology, and to explain and translate meanings and ideas across a range of professional settings and contexts.
A wide range of semantic domains are explored. Topics include general issues in developing comparative cross-linguistic frameworks; methodological issues in studying meaning across languages and domains; cross-linguistic semantics and lexicography; and diversity in semantics and argument structures across languages.
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:
- explain general issues in linguistic typology, and fundamental methodological issues in comparing meaning across languages;
- critically evaluate data, tools, methods and findings in research on semantic typology;
- conduct systematic and detailed comparison of lexical, phrasal and grammatical meanings across different languages and domains ;
- relate semantic typology to research in other disciplines, such as psychology, anthropology and philosophy; and
- exercise high-level critical thinking and judgement in identifying biases in approaches to cross-linguistic comparison.
Indicative AssessmentCritique of a selected publication, 1500 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 5
Data Analysis, 1200 words (excluding data) (20%) Learning outcome 3
Research Project, 3000 words (50%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Class Participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks of seminars and seminar-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9210||27 Jul 2020||03 Aug 2020||31 Aug 2020||30 Oct 2020||In Person||N/A|