- Class Number 4059
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- Dr Bethwyn Evans
- Dr Bethwyn Evans
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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 forms the most linguistically 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 languages whose historical connections remain debated, such as Japanese and Korean. 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.
In this ‘L’ version of ASIA2308, students will engage with readings and complete written assessment in the language they are studying. This course can be counted toward an Asian language major. Enrolment is conditional on confirmation of staff available to mark assessment.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and evaluate current models and theories of using language to recover the past
- Analyse linguistic data using methods of historical linguistics
- Critically assess and evaluate research on a specific language history scenario
- Reflect on and articulate how language histories interact with research from related disciplines.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments in individual assessment items
- Verbal comments in classes to the whole class, small group and individuals
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Perspectives on the Asia-Pacific past||weeks 1-4|
|2||Case study 1: Island Southeast Asia||week 5|
|3||Case Study 2: The Pacific||week 6|
|4||Case Study 3: New Guinea||week 7|
|5||Case Study 4: Wallacea||week 8|
|6||Case Study 4: Mainland Southeast Asia||week 9|
|7||Case Study 5: East Asia||week 10|
|8||Case Study 6: South Asia||week 11|
|9||Windows on the human past||week 12|
This course has a single tutorial time, and so there is no need to register for tutorials.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Online quizzes||5 %||*||*||1, 3, 4|
|Tutorial participation||10 %||*||*||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Assignment 1||15 %||09/03/2022||21/03/2022||1, 3, 4|
|Assignment 2||15 %||30/03/2022||11/04/2022||1, 2|
|Assignment 3||15 %||18/05/2022||06/06/2022||1, 3, 4|
|Essay||40 %||08/06/2022||30/06/2022||1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Students are expected to participate in lecture and tutorial classes, the content of which are aimed at preparing students for the different assessment items. Students are specifically assessed on tutorial participation, which is based on in-class participation and submitted preparation for tutorial classes. Further details are provided on the course Wattle site.
This course does not have an exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Students are expected to complete a short online quiz each week that relates to the week's course reading. Quizzes are to be completed by Tuesday 12:30pm each week. See the course Wattle site for more details. All online quizzes are in English.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Students are expected to prepare for all tutorials, following the instructions for each tutorial task. Tutorial participation marks are based on students' in-class participation and the submission of tutorial preparation; further details of this are provided on the course Wattle site. Tutorial preparation is to be completed in English.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Assignment 1 is 500-word critical assessment of an academic article. Detailed instructions are on the course Wattle site. Assignment 1 is to be written in the student's study language.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Assignment 2 involves historical analysis of lingusitic data using methods learnt in classes. Detailed instructions on the course Wattle site. Assignment 2 is to be completed in English.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Assignment 3 is 700-word critique of a debate from the literature on investigating the human past through language. Detailed instructions are on the course Wattle site. Assignment 3 is to be written in the student's study language.
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
A 2,000-word essay on a topic of the student's choice. There are two stages for the essay:
(i) submission of an essay proposal and annotated bibliography (5%); and
(ii) submission of the final essay (35%).
Further details about the essay, including choice of essay topics and the instructions and deadlines for each stage, are on the course Wattle site.
The essay is to be written in the student's study language.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
All assessment items for this course are to be submitted electronically. Please keep a copy of your assessment items for your records.
None of the assessment for this course is to be submitted as hard copies.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date.
Extensions must be requested in writing with appropriate supporting documentation before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Late submission is not accepted for the online quizzes or submitted tutorial preparation.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
For online quizzes, marks and feedback are provided online after the quiz deadline, and further feedback is provided verbally in the associated class. For submitted tutorial preparation marks are provided through Turnitin, and feedback is provided in the associated class. For all other assessment items marks and feedback are provided through Turnitin, and additional verbal feedback may be given in associated classes.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
Resubmission of assessment items is not accepted.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Dr Bethwyn Evans