- Class Number 4535
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In-Person and Online
- AsPr Wayan Arka
- AsPr Wayan Arka
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 20/02/2023
- Class End Date 26/05/2023
- Census Date 31/03/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
This course is an introduction to Austronesian languages, exploring the history, and the linguistic and socio-cultural-political diversity of the Austronesian world. Austronesian is the world's largest language family in terms of geographical spread, spanning more than half the globe: from Madagascar to Easter Island, and from Taiwan to New Zealand. This vast and diverse language family is also one of the best documented. It includes both major world languages with millions of speakers, like Indonesian and Tagalog, and tiny Oceanic languages spoken on remote islands with only a couple of hundred speakers. During the course, students will learn about the migration and dispersion of the Austronesian people and salient features characterising their languages, social organisations and cultures. Case studies are used to represent certain salient Austronesian features in relation to particular (sub)regions and societies to cover topics in Austronesian sound systems and grammars, writing systems, ritual language and religions, language contact and change, language ecology, the politics of language, language landscape and verbal arts.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the basic terminology, concepts and issues of the field of linguistics and related fields as they pertain to the Austronesian languages;
- Identify and discuss the salient linguistic and socio-cultural characteristics of the varieties of the Austronesian language family;
- Assess the typical arguments pertaining to the history and typological properties of the varieties of Austronesian languages;
- Analyse and compare linguistic systems, and related socio-cultural-political aspects based on concrete data;
- Undertake guided research and analysis of data for a selected topic for a given project;
- Present and justify the research results of the project with clarity and focus, both orally and in writing.
- Evaluate the suitability of a particular simple theoretical framework for a given descriptive Austronesian project.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||20-24 Feb The Austronesian World – introduction||Reading: The Austronesian World – introduction Reading: Blust (2013), Chapter 1|
|2||27 Feb-3 March History: origins, dispersal and subgrouping||Reading: Ross, M 2008, 'The integrity of the Austronesian language family: from Taiwan to Oceania', in Alicia Sanchez-Mazas, Roger Blench, Malcolm D. Ross, Ilia Peiros and Marie Lin (ed.), Past Human Migrations in East Asia: Matching archaeology, linguistics and genetics, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, Great Britain, pp. 161-181.|
|3||6-10 March Austronesian languages: sound systems||Reading: Odden (2013): chapter 1 (what is phonology) & chapter 2 (Allophonic relations) Blust (2013), Chp 4, pp.169-212. Topics handed out Assignment#1 given out|
|4||13-17 March Austronesian languages: morphologies||Reading: Odden (2013): chps 4 (underlying representation) Lieber (2009), chaps 1 (what is morphology) & 3 (word formation)|
|5||20-24 March Austronesian languages: grammatical relations||Reading: Kroeger (2005); chap 4 (on semantic roles and grammatical relations) Assignment#1 due|
|6||27 – 31 March Austronesian languages: sentence structures||Reading: Kroeger (2005); chap 3 (on constituent structure) & Chap 11 (sentence types) Assignment#2 given out|
|7||17-21 April Grammars of space||Reading: Palmer, Bill. 2002. Absolute spatial reference and the grammaticalisation of perceptually salient phenomena. In Giovanni Bennardo (Ed.), Representing space in Oceania: culture in language and mind, 107-157. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics. Assignment#2 due Chosen topics due|
|8||24–28 April Sociolinguistics I: politeness||O’Keeffe (2011): Chapter 4 (Politeness in Context) Short Critical Summary due|
|9||1 – 5 May Sociolinguistics II: language contact, multilingualism and language policy||Reading: Meyerhoff (2006), chapter 6: Multilingualism and language choice|
|10||8-12 May Educational linguistics: language documentation and conservation.||Reading: Florey (2010), chapter 1: Introduction (in Endangered Languages of Indonesia) Oral Presentation|
|11||15-19 May Anthropological linguistics: verbal arts and ritual language||Oral Presentation|
|12||22-26 May Contemporary transformations: language, religion and ethnicity||Reading: Bucholtz, Mary, and Kira Hall. 2004. "Language and identity." In A companion to Linguistic Anthropology, 369-394. Oxford: Blackwell.|
|13||Research Essay Due 9 June 2023|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Problem sets||30 %||24/03/2023||31/03/2023||1,4|
|Oral presentation||5 %||12/05/2023||26/05/2023||1,2,3|
|Critical review||5 %||05/05/2023||19/05/2023||4,5|
|Research plan||10 %||01/05/2023||15/05/2023||2,3,4,6|
|Research essay||50 %||06/06/2023||20/06/2023||1,4,7|
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The students will be expected to do all home assignments and the weekly readings (articles). They spend at least a total of around 10 hours per week for various activities: 3 contact hours (2 hours lectures and 1 hour tutorial) and around 7 hours for weekly readings, tutorial preparation, and assessment items (problem sets and term paper).
Since the course focuses on interactive problem solving, all students are encouraged to attend tutorials.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,4
The problem set assignments (2-4 pages or no more than 1500 words) will test your ability to apply certain concepts in linguistics and related fields to data, and analyse linguistic phenomena in a particular Austronesian language.
Problems will be assessed primarily (about 70%) on the accuracy and insightfulness of analysis. For example, missing a case-marking morpheme where there clearly is one would count as a failure of accuracy, while failing to notice an opportunity to use a simple syntactic rule would count as a failure of analytic insight. Organisation and coherence of expression will account for the remainder, approximately 15% each.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
The presentation (10 minutes) will test your ability to present your research and respond to questions and comments.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 4,5
The critical summary (no more than 1000 words) will test your ability to read and explore the literature relevant to your research topic critically.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,6
The research plan (no more than 1000 words) will test your ability to work out an outline of a research essay on a given topic.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,7
The research essay (2,000-2,500 words) is a report on a particular topic in Austronesian linguistics and related fields (details on separate handout), which will test your ability in integrating the knowledge of the core linguistic domains in larger contexts, including in relation to sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics.
The research essays will be assessed according to these criteria:
· Mechanics 10%
· Referencing 15%
· Structure 15%
· Content 60%
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Descriptive Linguistics, Language Typology and Theoretical Linguistics, Language documentation, Austronesian linguistics
AsPr Wayan Arka
AsPr Wayan Arka