- Code ASIA2308
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Culture History and Language
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Asian Studies
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, Pacific Studies, Asian Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies, Linguistics
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Bethwyn Evans
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
- Co-taught Course
First Semester 2024
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This course explores the human past – both recent and distant – of the Asia-Pacific region using the tools of language and linguistic analysis. The Asia-Pacific is renowned for its incredible linguistic diversity, and the languages that are spoken, written and signed in the region today hold many traces of past lives. This course introduces the principles and methods of historical linguistics used to reconstruct language histories, which are windows onto the social and cultural lives of past peoples and societies. Such language histories are a starting point for investigating narratives of the Asia-Pacific past using different lines of evidence from across different disciplines. Does evidence from historical linguistics, archaeology, population genetics, history, and anthropology tell similar or different stories about how people lived in the past? This question is explored through case studies from across Asia and the Pacific, such as the social and technological drivers of the expansions of large language families like Austronesian, Sino-Tibetan and Austroasiatic, the social and cultural factors shaping the many small language families present in New Guinea, and the social and political networks underpinning connections across South Asia and Wallacea. Linguistic histories are key to understanding the Asia-Pacific past, and the dynamics of language across time and space are essential to understanding the contemporary Asia-Pacific world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the contemporary linguistic and social diversity of the Asia-Pacific region through trans-disciplinary models of change over time.
- Critically apply theoretical frameworks and current methods of historical linguistics to reconstruct language histories.
- Investigate the linguistic and social past through sources and knowledges from different academic and indigenous perspectives.
- Construct narratives of the Asia-Pacific past that draw on evidence from a range of disciplines.
- Evaluate approaches to recovering the human past through an interdisciplinary lens.
This is a co-taught course. Any cap on enrolments in one course applies to both courses combined.
- Online quizzes (5) [LO 1,2]
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Assignments - 3 x 15% (each written piece of between 800-1,000 words) (45) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Essay (2,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Contact hours for this course are a one-hour seminar and a two-hour tutorial each week. Students are expected to spend an additional 7 hours of independent study on course readings, class preparation and assessment tasks.
Requisite and Incompatibility
This course has a set of weekly readings which are available from the course Wattle site.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3692||19 Feb 2024||26 Feb 2024||31 Mar 2024||24 May 2024||In Person||N/A|