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LING 3017 - Revivalistics, Cross-fertilization & Wellbeing

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 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: LING 2050
Assessment: Mid-point assignment (1000 word) 20%, Tutorial oral presentation 25%, Post-presentation paper (3500 word) 45%, Attendance & contribution 10%

The course explores Revivalistics, a new trans-disciplinary field of enquiry surrounding language reclamation, revitalization and reinvigoration. It studies comparatively and systematically the universal constraints and global mechanisms on the one hand, and local peculiarities and idiosyncrasies on the other hand, apparent in revival attempts across various sociological backgrounds, all over the world. A branch of both linguistics and applied linguistics, Revival Linguistics combines scientific studies of native language acquisition and foreign language learning: Language reclamation is the most extreme case of second language learning. Linguicide (language killing) and glottophagy (language eating) have made Australia an Unlucky Country. With globalization, homogenization and coca-colonization there are more and more groups around the world added to the forlorn club of the lost-heritage peoples. Language revival is becoming increasingly relevant as people seek to recover their cultural autonomy, empower their spiritual and intellectual sovereignty, and improve their well-being. The course analyses the ethical, aesthetic and utilitarian benefits of language revival, e.g. historical justice, diversity and employability respectively. Revival Linguistics complements the established field of documentary linguistics, which records endangered languages before they fall asleep. It revises the fields of grammaticography (writing grammars) and lexicography (writing dictionaries): Grammars and dictionaries ought to be written for language reclamation, i.e. in a user-friendly way, for communities, not only for linguists, as well as employing a user-friendly spelling. For linguists, the first stage of any language revival must involve a long period of observation and careful listening while learning, mapping and characterizing the specific needs, desires and potentials of an indigenous or minority or culturally endangered community. Only then can one inspire and assist. That said, there are linguistic constraints applicable to all revival attempts. Mastering them would help revivalists and First Nations leaders to work more efficiently.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10749 LE01 50 32 3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 3pm - 5pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
28 Apr - 2 Jun Thursday 3pm - 5pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
10142 TU04 10 4 7 Mar - 4 Apr Monday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
25 Apr - 23 May Monday 3pm - 4pm MyUni, OL, Online Class
10750 TU02 28 16 7 Mar - 4 Apr Monday 3pm - 4pm Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room
25 Apr - 23 May Monday 3pm - 4pm Engineering & Mathematics, EMG07, Teaching Room