Indigenous Languages of Australia

Course code LING3402Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Introduces principal linguistic characteristics and sociolinguistic positions of Indigenous languages in Australia. Explores linguistic and cultural dimensions of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal, Torres Strait, and creole language structures and uses.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students are expected to demonstrate:
1. Knowledge of past and present distribution of Australias Indigenous languages
2. Knowledge of basic linguistic characteristics of Australian languages
3. Understanding of the place of languages in Indigenous societies, past and present
4. Awareness of issues concerning Indigenous languages in Australia today
5. Skills in research and information literacy
ContentTopics covered in this course include:
1. Geographic, social and historical factors in the distribution of Indigenous languages, past and present
2. Basic structural features of Indigenous languages: sounds, words, grammar, meanings
3. Variation in Indigenous languages: dialects, speech styles and registers
4. Relationships between traditional languages, pidgins, creoles, and indigenised English
5. Sociocultural dimensions of language use
6. Indigenous languages in education and public policy
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3104 Indigenous Languages of Australia
TransitionStudents who have successfully completed HUMA3104 should not enrol in LING3402.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units at 1000 level or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 1 (1000 words) - 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment 2 (1200 words) - 25%
Other: (please specify)Assignment 3 (1800 words) - 35%
Other: (please specify)Assignment 4 (800 words)- 20%
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term