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LING 2014 - Australian Indigenous Languages

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Summer School
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 15 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
Incompatible: LING 2009 & 3009
Assessment: Essay/practical investigation (25%), linguistic problems (50%), test (25%)

There were 250 or more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken in Australia at the time of first contact with Europeans. Now, according to the latest National Indigenous Languages Survey (NILS II), only 13 of these languages are transmitted by normal means from one generation to the next. Australia has arguably the worst rate of language loss in the world. These languages are Australia's unique and complex linguistic heritage, which at times challenge established linguistic doctrines and provide interesting lenses through which to view and categorise the world. This course will provide an introduction to Australia's Indigenous languages (including Aboriginal English varieties, koines and creoles), with a particular focus on the Indigenous languages of South Australia. It will investigate structural features of Australian languages (for example, sounds, spellings, vocabularies, grammars, semantics) as well as their place within Australian society. Particular emphasis will be given to attempts to maintain and revive Australia's unique linguistic heritage and the linguistic tools needed for language work. The course will also investigate a range of topics of social importance including interpreting and translation, language and the law, language and health, language and education, language and identity which are at the heart of Indigenous rights and the very survival of Indigenous peoples. Students will gain an awareness of Australia's Indigenous linguistic heritage, whilst at the same time extending and consolidating their understanding of linguistics, linguistic analysis and the tools it provides for language work.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Summer School Tue 14/01/2020 Thu 16/01/2020 Mon 10/02/2020 Wed 26/02/2020

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
92101 WR01 40 31 8 Jan - 22 Jan Wednesday 2pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 2052, Teaching Room
9 Jan - 23 Jan Thursday 2pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 2052, Teaching Room
10 Jan - 24 Jan Friday 2pm - 4pm Barr Smith South, 2051, Teaching Room
Related Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
92100 LE01 40 31 8 Jan - 22 Jan Wednesday 9:30am - 12:30pm Napier, 208, Lecture Theatre
9 Jan - 23 Jan Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm Napier, 208, Lecture Theatre
10 Jan - 24 Jan Friday 9:30am - 12:30pm Napier, 208, Lecture Theatre