• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Linguistics

This is a course on the Indonesian language that deals with a wide range of features in Indonesian from an interdisciplinary perspective in linguistics. The course considers the relationship between the Indonesian language, culture, and communication in dynamic contexts. Essential aspects of Indonesian (socio)phonetics, phonology, morphology and syntax are introduced, including a description of its lexical, phonetic, and structural variation across registers (standard vs. colloquial) and geographical dialects in the Indonesian archipelago (including regional Malay varieties, such as Kupang and Papuan Malay). The course also covers the historical-cultural-political dimensions that have shaped Indonesian, including language policy and language contact. All classes are taught in a mixture of lecture, student presentation and workshop formats.

Upon completing this course successfully, students will have the knowledge and skills to analyse Indonesian linguistics topics from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Transcribe a voice recording of natural language use in Indonesian using the IPA phonetic notation.
  2. Analyse Indonesian (socio)phonetic and phonological features.
  3. Analyse a wide variety of Indonesian syntactic and morphological structures.
  4. Evaluate the effects of socio-cultural-political-historical and geographical dimensions responsible for the emergence and/or selection of Indonesian linguistic features, including loan words.
  5. Undertake guided research on a given topic, and then present and justify the analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. One problem set (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Written Critical Report 1 (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Written Critical Report 2 (10) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  4. Research essay (40) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  5. Oral presentation (15) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  6. Participation and performance in discussion (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course requires a total of 130 hours of commitment, including independent study:

a) 36 hours of lectures and tutorials: 24 hours lecture, 12 hours small tutorials

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course, students must have completed LING1001, or otherwise seek permission from the course convener.

Prescribed Texts

Course materials will be available on wattle.


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:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8190 27 Jul 2026 03 Aug 2026 31 Aug 2026 30 Oct 2026 In Person N/A

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