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Unit Overview

Description

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.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Linguistics major sequence
  • Level 3 elective
Outcomes

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.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial preparation; (2) assignments; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mitch Browne
Unit rules
Prerequisites
LING1001 Language and Communication
and LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System,
or any Level 2 LING unit.
Please contact us for Special Approval requests.
Incompatibility
LING3307 Australian Aboriginal Languages
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
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