- Code LING2016
- 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 Indigenous Australian Studies, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Around 300 languages have been used in traditional and modern Australian Indigenous societies, linking land, people and all aspects of life. What are these languages like? What roles do the languages play? In this course we explore some of the richness and complexity of ways of interacting in Australian languages, learn about their sounds, words and grammatical patterns, and gain an understanding of how languages reflect social, cultural and physical environments. Through learning a little of an Indigenous language, you will learn about features characteristic of Australian indigenous languages including ways of talking about kin and family relationships, specialised ways of talking to show respect, and interesting grammatical patterns. English has encroached massively on Australian indigenous languages. We’ll discuss the effect this has, including how new ways of speaking are created, how languages are lost and the ways in which Indigenous speakers are teaching and reviving their traditional languages today. This course is a must for anyone interested in exploring the richness of Australian Indigenous languages in their social context.
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:
- describe the distinctive structural features of Australian Indigenous languages;
- explain the linguistic, cultural and interactional use and significance of Australian Indigenous languages;
- apply principles of linguistic analysis to selected data from Australian languages;
- discuss the issues involved in one sub-area of a topic relating to Australian Indigenous languages; and
- demonstrate the ability to gain linguistic information from a grammar of an Australian Indigenous language.
Indicative AssessmentAnalysis of sounds of a language, 500 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 3
Analysis of the structure of a language, 750 words (20%) Learning outcomes 1, 3
Assignment on some language learned in the course, 500 words (15%) Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5
Major research essay, 3000 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-5
Class participation and discussion (5%) Learning outcomes 1-5
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Workload130 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 tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.reading and writing.
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