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LING 2049 - Languages in C21: Cultural Contact & New Words

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
Assessment: 500 word mid-point assignment (20%), contribution (10%), oral presentation (25%), 4000 word post-presentational paper (45%)

The study of words may be tedious to the school-boy, as breaking of stones is to the wayside labourer, but to the thoughtful eye of the geologist these stones are full of interest - he sees miracles on the high road, and reads chronicles in every ditch. (Max Müller 1871, Lectures on the Science of Language, London: Longman, Green; Vol. I, p. 2) This multifaceted course will introduce students to a range of mechanisms through which new words and meanings are concocted in the modern world. It will explore borrowing ('stealing', or more accurately 'copying'), word-formation, neologization, calquing (loan translation), phono-semantic matching, lexical engineering, semantic shifting of pre-existent words, descriptiveness, purism and etymythology (popular etymology). It will focus on phenomena of lexical expansion and semantic enrichment that are based on contact between cultures and languages. The course will combine sociolinguistic insight with philological expertise, thus being polychronic, i.e. simultaneously diachronic and synchronic. We shall integrate innovative etymological, morphological, ecological and cultural analyses of words in various languages such as English, Mandarin Chinese, Israeli (a.k.a. Modern Hebrew), Japanese, Icelandic, Turkish, Estonian, Yiddish, Australian Aboriginal languages, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Hebrew, Creoles, minority and endangered languages. (No prior knowledge of any language other than English is required.)

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  Commonwealth Supported Student Contribution
Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $820 Band 1 $820 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 18/03/2019 Sun 31/03/2019 Fri 10/05/2019 Fri 14/06/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11967 LE01 50 25 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 12pm - 2pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
30 Apr - 11 Jun Tuesday 12pm - 2pm Napier, G03, Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11969 TU04 15 2 6 Mar - 10 Apr Wednesday 11am - 12pm Lower Napier, LG23, Teaching Room
1 May - 12 Jun Wednesday 11am - 12pm Lower Napier, LG23, Teaching Room
18621 TU05 17 6 7 Mar - 11 Apr Thursday 2pm - 3pm Ligertwood, 316, Teaching Room
2 May - 13 Jun Thursday 2pm - 3pm Ligertwood, 316, Teaching Room