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LIN3370

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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Heather Bowe

Synopsis

An introduction to Australian Aboriginal languages covering features of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and sociolinguistic issues including language status, bilingualism and the role of linguistics in language maintenance and revival.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this unit students will:

  1. Understand key features of the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of Australian Aboriginal languages and be able to identify such features in a number of different Aboriginal languages.
  2. Be aware of some of the key theoretical issues regarding the structure of Aboriginal languages.
  3. Understand relevant sociolinguistic issues including language status, bilingualism and the role of linguistics in language maintenance and revival and the implication of these for language education and planning.
More generally students are expected to develop their abilities to:
  1. Read critically.
  2. Use analytic and interpretive skills in dealing with language data.
  3. Assess evidence supporting various theories and thereby evaluate these theories.
  4. Present logical, coherent arguments both orally and in writing.

Assessment

Oral presentation and class participation: 20%
Written work: 80%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Alice Gaby

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Linguistics
Australian Indigenous studies

Prerequisites

A first year sequence in Linguistics.

Prohibitions

LIN2370