Leader: Dr Heather Bowe
Clayton Second semester 2006 (Day)
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: 4. Read critically. 5. Use analytic and interpretive skills in dealing with language data. 6. Assess evidence supporting various theories and thereby evaluate these theories. 7. Present logical, coherent arguments both orally and in writing.
Assessment: Written research assignment (2250 words): 50% + Exam (2 hours): 40% + Class participation: 10% + Third year students will be required to show a greater degree of theoretical sophistication in the research assignment.
Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week
Prerequisites: A first year sequence in Linguistics.