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LNGS2611: Language in Indigenous Australia

2021 unit information

The unit of study examines the Indigenous languages of Australia. How many languages are there? What do they sound like and how are words and meanings structured? We explore how language reflects the society that uses them and the physical environment. We will also see that new Aboriginal languages have emerged, apparently moribund languages have been gaining strength and distinctive Aboriginal ways of talking have survived and influenced English. Students will be exposed to language through Indigenous guest lecturers and will undertake exercises that highlight issues of cross-cultural communication and aspects of language use in different social situations.

Unit details and rules

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Code LNGS2611
Academic unit Linguistics
Credit points 6
24 credit points
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. analyse and appreciate the roles of Australian Indigenous languages in contemporary Australian society
  • LO2. understand the various Australian language spelling systems and their rationale
  • LO3. be able to pronounce words in various Australian language orthographies correctly
  • LO4. demonstrate knowledge of phonological, grammatical structures and semantic properties of one or more Australian Indigenous languages
  • LO5. articulate understanding of the context of language contact in Australia with respect to multilingualism, pidgins, creoles, mixed languages and varieties of Aboriginal English
  • LO6. effectively communicate about a range of topics related to Indigenous languages in Australia
  • LO7. critically use texts and other resources (from academia or the media) to develop and sustain ideas about Indigenous languages and their roles
  • LO8. understand, describe and apply ethical considerations regarding working with Indigenous people when conducting research on their languages and cultural practices.

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Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote

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