Language in Aboriginal Australia

Subject 175-018 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 34 hours in total. Consisting of two 1 hour lectures per week and a 1 hour tutorial. There will be no tutorials in the first and last week of semester.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Completion of or or approval of the coordinator.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Nick Evans
Subject Overview:

This subject develops an appreciation of the role of language in Aboriginal Australia, traditionally and today. On completion of the subject, students should have a general knowledge of the linguistic features which characterise Australian Aboriginal languages, including characteristics of grammar and pronunciation, and understand the ways in which social factors affect language structure and use in Aboriginal Australia.

Assessment: Problem-solving assignments totalling 2000 words 50% (due throughout the semester) and an essay of 2000 words 50% (end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Information Not Available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to step outside their own language and culture;

  • be able to articulate concepts important in other cultures;

  • be able to imagine and get inside the mental world of other cultures.


Formerly available as 175-214/314. Students who have completed 175-214 or 175-314 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Australian Studies)
Diploma in Arts (Linguistics)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)
Graduate Certificate in Arts(Cross-cultural Communication)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Australian Indigenous Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Cross Cultural Communication)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)

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