LING3007 Linguistics of Australian Indigenous Languages

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Linguistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
The Indigenous languages of Australia form a unique part both of the story of human language and of Australian Indigenous heritage. The unit examines broad practical and social issues in linguistic research on Australian languages and introduces the range of applied linguistic work that linguists are often involved in, for instance language maintenance activities and education. The linguistic fabric that forms the background of these issues will also be examined, in particular the diversity of Australian languages and the typological parameters by which they can usefully be compared and classified.
Students are able to (1) describe important research issues in the contemporary study of Australian languages and critically assess papers addressing these issues; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of the broad ethical and political issues involved in the contemporary study of Australian languages; (3) recognise areas of applied linguistic work involving Australian languages, especially language maintenance activities; (4) describe common structural features of Australian languages; (5) describe the main typological parameters (in phonology, morphology and syntax) by which Australian languages can be most usefully compared and classified; and (6) describe the issues involved in the genetic classification of Australian languages.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) examination; and (3) assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maia Ponsonnet
Unit rules
LING1001 Language and Communication and LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System, or any Level 2 LING unit.
Please contact us for Special Approval requests.
LING3307 Australian Aboriginal Languages
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
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  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.