University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

LING 2053 - Australian Indigenous Languages (Kaurna focus) II

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
Discovery Experience – Global: Yes
Incompatible: LING 1053, LING 3053, LING 7053. Completion of both LING 2039/ LING 3015 and LING 2014/ LING 3013 (one is allowed)
Assessment: Spelling & Pronounciation Quiz, Constructing a Kaurna Text, Research Essay, Class activities

This course provides an introduction to the Indigenous languages of Australia with a particular focus on Kaurna, the language of the Adelaide Plains. Australia has arguably suffered the worst rate of language loss and extinction in the world with now only 12 of the original 250 to 300 languages being transmitted by natural means to the next generation. Kaurna is one of the few Indigenous languages which is reversing the trends and making a remarkable comeback. While focussing on the Kaurna language, the course covers a wide range of topics essential to understand Australian Indigenous languages, not only linguistically, but also culturally and sociologically. The sounds and spelling systems are introduced and their structure explored with a view to uncovering something of their genius and unique contribution to the rich tapestry of the world's languages. The interplay between linguistic and cultural meanings of Kaurna greetings, kinship and emotions will be explained in detail. In addition, the course will look at the use of Indigenous languages in the public sphere of Australian society, including education, law and health, making the course highly relevant to students who aim to gain highly specialised skills to work in such fields.

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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
15944 LE01 30 22 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 9am - 11am Physics, 103, Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 9am - 11am Physics, 103, Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Tutorial
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
15946 TU01 12 4 4 Mar - 8 Apr Friday 10am - 11am Hughes, 113, Teaching Room
29 Apr - 3 Jun Friday 10am - 11am Hughes, 113, Teaching Room