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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.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed an appreciation of the role of language in Aboriginal Australia, traditionally and today;
- have a general knowledge of the linguistic features which characterise Australian languages, including phonological and grammatical characteristics;
- understand the ways in which social factors affect language structure and use in Aboriginal Australia;
- appreciate the complexities of Australian indigenous cultures, as they surface in their languages
- be able to engage within debates and discussions regarding Australia’s indigenous languages and their position within broader Australian society;
- be able to apply discipline specific research skills using primary and secondary sources and empirical data and develop an awareness of research ethics and intellectual integrity;
- have honed their academic writing abilities;
- have deepened their understanding of social and cultural diversity, particularly with respect to Australian indigenous communities.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- 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.
Last updated: 22 November 2023