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This subject is an investigation of the phonological, grammatical and semantic features of Australia’s Indigenous languages. We will look in detail at the characteristic linguistic properties of Australian Indigenous languages, consider their structures from a typological perspective, and explore the ways in which they have contributed to linguistic theory and our understanding of linguistic diversity.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Define and analyse the key phonological, grammatical and semantic features characteristic of Australia's Indigenous languages;
- Argue for the importance of Australian Indigenous languages for our understanding of linguistic diversity;
- Relate features from Australian Indigenous languages to key debates in linguistic typology and theory
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to analyse unfamiliar systems;
- have discovered order in the unfamiliar;
- be able to present clear, logical analyses of complex systems;
- be able to use evidence to refine hypotheses.
Last updated: 6 December 2019