Structure of Aboriginal Languages

Subject 175-417 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: 175014 Phonetics and 175015 Syntax , and admission to the postgraduate diploma or honours in linguistics and applied linguistics for fourth-year students.
Corequisites: .
Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
Core Participation Requirements: .


Dr Murray Garde
Subject Overview:

This subject is an investigation of the phonological, grammatical and semantic features of Australian Aboriginal languages through the study of a particular language, this year Iwaidja, against the background of research on Australian languages generally. Languages studied in previous years have included Kayardild (Qld), Bininj Gun-Wok (NT), Yawuru and Nyulnyul (both WA), Dalabon (NT) and Iwaidja (NT).

Assessment: Three assignments totalling 2500 words 50% (due during semester) and a 2500-word paper 50% (end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: A reading pack prepared by the Department.
Recommended Texts: .
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to analyse unfamiliar systems;

  • discover order in the unfamiliar;

  • be able to present clear, logical analyses of complex systems;

  • be able to use evidence to refine hypotheses.


Formerly available as 175-033/317. Students who have completed 175-033 or 175-317 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Arts (Cross Cultural Communication)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts(Linguistics and Applied Linguistics)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Linguistics & Applied Linguistics)

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