Structure of Aboriginal Languages

Subject LING40005 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2016.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours- 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


LING20006 Syntax and Phonetics.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

If not admitted to Honours or the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) in Applied Linguistics, students are recommended to have contacted the subject coordinator prior to enrolling in the subject.

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:



Subject Overview:

This subject is an investigation of the phonological, grammatical and semantic features of Australian Aboriginal languages. We will look in detail at Australian Aboriginal languages from a typological perspective, consider a range of characteristic linguistic features, and explore the ways in which they have contributed to linguistic theory and debate.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be familiar with phonological, grammatical and semantic features of Australian Aboriginal languages;
  • appreciate the complexities of Australian indigenous languages;
  • understand the relevance of Australian indigenous languages to linguistic typology and theory.
  • Assignments totalling 2500 words due during semester [50%]
  • A 2500-word paper due at the end of semester [50%]

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

A reading pack will be made available

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • 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.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
PC-ARTS Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
PD-ARTS Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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