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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Simon Musgrave


Previously coded ALM5510B


This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in language endangerment. Students will develop and implement a research project with outcomes of practical benefit in strengthening or supporting language maintenance practice within a community or organisation. Possible topics include developing curriculum for a school or community language program, documenting aspects of a previously undescribed language, preparing a sketch grammar drawing upon existing documentation or archival materials, developing language teaching and literacy materials, preparing topical wordlists in the endangered language.


AimsOn completion of this unit students should have:+ applied their knowledge of language maintenance strategies;+ developed an ability to implement language maintenance programs appropriate to particular language endangerment settings internationallyObjectives+ On completion of this unit students should be able to:+ draw on in-depth and critical knowledge of the literature in this field to write a literature review;+ formulate a detailed proposal to develop a language maintenance project;+ plan the stages in carrying out research in an endangered language community or an organisational setting;+ apply appropriate methodologies to implement research questions;+ undertake independent research;+ analyse primary data;+ write a thesis based on original research.


Minor thesis (16000 words): 100%.

Chief examiner(s)

Simon Musgrave

Contact hours



APG4698, ATS4820, ATS4821