• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies

This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Semester 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities may also be available.

Around half of the world’s languages are spoken in the Asia-Pacific region. How does this incredible linguistic diversity shape people’s everyday lives? The course uses case studies from across Asia and the Pacific to explore how the multiplicity of languages – spoken, written and signed – is a resource for individuals, communities and nation-states. Language, and different patterns of multilingualism, reflect and create social and cultural identities, and are intertwined with the social and political hierarchies that influence conflict and conflict resolution, equality and inequality, and processes of social stability and change. The language diversity of Asia and the Pacific is also influential on a global scale. The region is the source of some of the world’s most widely used languages, as well as leading the global diversification of English. This course introduces concepts, theories and models from linguistics that allow us to develop more nuanced analyses of the Asia-Pacific region through the lens of language.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of language diversity and its implications across the Asia-Pacific region
  2. Interpret and reflect critically on academic and applied research on language in Asian and Pacific societies using linguistic concepts and models
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate different perspectives on the roles of language in the Asia-Pacific region
  4. Conduct research on topics of individual interest relating to language in the Asia-Pacific region
  5. Demonstrate skills in written and oral communication, both individually and in groups
  6. Communicate research findings and conclusions coherently, persuasively, and meaningfully

Indicative Assessment

  1. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,5,6]
  2. Case Study - 1 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Case Study - 2 (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Final Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

This course requires a total of 130 hours commitment, which includes:

  • 20 hours of synchronous classes (intensive weekend)
  • 10 hours of a mix of synchronous and asynchronous lectures (before and after the intensive weekend)
  • independent study

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ASIA2001 or ASIA2103.

Prescribed Texts

There is not a prescribed textbook for this course. Course readings are a range of academic journal articles and book chapters.

Preliminary Reading

Arka, I Wayan. 2007. Local autonomy, local capacity building and support for minority languages: field experiences from Indonesia. In D. Victoria Rau & Margaret Florey (eds) Documenting and revitalizing Austronesian languages. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 66-92.

Bialostocka, Olga. 2017. Inahbiting a language: linguistic interactions as a living repository for intangible cultural heritage. International Journal of Intangible Heritage 12:18-27.

Friedlander, Peter. 2015. Kabir: oral to manuscript transitions. Oral Tradition 29(2):187-202.

Gao, Shuang. 2017. The sociolinguistics of globalizing China. Language and Linguistics Compass 11:e12245.

Matsumoto, Kazuko. (2010). The role of social networks in the post-colonial multilingual island of Palau: Mechanisms of language maintenance and shift. Multilingua 29, 133-165.

Mohanty, Ajit K. 2010. Languages, inequality and marginalization: implications of the double divide in Indian multilingualism. International Journal of the Sociology of Language205:131-154.

Odango, Emerson Lopez. 2015. Austronesian youth perspectives on language reclamation and maintenance. The Contemporary Pacific 27:73-108.


Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1554 01 Jan 2022 TBA TBA 31 Mar 2022 In-Person and Online N/A

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