• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Language Studies
  • Areas of interest European Languages, European Studies, Linguistics

The Romance family is one of the most widely-spoken and politically important language families, with historical written records going back over two millennia to the common linguistic ancestor, Latin. Given the vast number of living speakers and the richness of the historical record, this language family has formed an important test-bed for hypotheses about how languages differ and the way languages change over time, and for the development of linguistic theory. The goal of this course is to introduce students to the history and linguistic characteristics of the Romance family, which includes such languages as French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and other national, regional or contact-based languages and varieties. The course explores the history of the family, including sound change, grammatical change and contact, from Latin to the present day, and also covers key concepts relevant to the linguistics of Romance languages.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe and analyse the evolution of Romance languages and their links to Latin;
  2. describe and analyse the common and different aspects of the sound systems and grammars of the Romance languages.
  3. describe and analyse the social and historical aspects relevant to Romance Linguistics.
  4. engage with current literature in Romance Linguistics;
  5. produce a research paper on an aspect of one or several Romance languages;

Other Information

Students wishing to count this subject towards their language major at ANU (e.g. Italian or Spanish major) must negotiate and agree on the language use for assessment with their corresponding language program convenor prior to the start of the course and let the convenor of this subject know in writing.

Latin majors are expected to write their essays in English.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Test 1 (take-home) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Test 2 (take-home) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research paper (2000 words for paper in English; 1500 words for a paper in an approved Romance language***) (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Oral presentation of research paper (10 min, in English or an approved Romance language***) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Class engagement and participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks, including recorded/online and tutorial activities, and

b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements


Requisite and Incompatibility

Students must have completed a B1 level in any of the Romance languages (e.g. SPAN2002, ITAL2006, FREN2025 or PORT2002 at ANU, as applicable) or LATN3125, or equivalent. Students who have completed LING1001 (or equivalent) and do not meet the language requirement listed above may contact the course convenor to discuss enrolment and to obtain a permission code. Students planning to count this course to their major please see “other course information”.

Prescribed Texts

TBA on Wattle.

Assumed Knowledge

 Some working knowledge of a Romance language is highly recommended.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3618 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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