LANGUAGE DIVERSITY IN CONNECTED WORLD

LIN3DCW

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

There is great diversity across the world's languages in the way words and sentences are constructed. In this subject, the underlying structures and processes that create this variety are described and analysed. We use theoretical approaches from syntax and morphology to explore this, taking examples from across the globe and reflecting on the importance of sustainability in maintaining linguistic diversity.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Morey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LIN1IML, LIN2SOL or approval from Subject Coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LIN3SYN

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject at third-year for linguistics in the Bachelor of Arts

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsUnderstanding SyntaxPrescribedMaggie Tallerman. 2015Routledge
ReadingsIntroduction to the Languages of the WorldRecommendedAnatole Lyovin, Brett Kessler, and William Leben. 2017Oxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply relevant metalanguage of morphology and syntax in the analysis of data

Activities:
Exercises, Online quizzes, Seminar participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

02. Recognise and describe in writing the diversity in major and small languages from different families

Activities:
Exercises, Online quizzes, Research assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills

03. Discuss and demonstrate understanding of how the complex interactions between natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems are evident in language usage and maintenance

Activities:
Online quizzes, Seminar participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

04. Analyse the structure of unfamiliar languages and identify elements and their functions in language in short exercises

Activities:
Exercises, Online quizzes, Seminar participation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

05. Research and explore a linguistic issue in detail and prepare a written account

Activities:
Research assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

06. Understand and explain issues of language maintenance, documentation and revitalization in terms of community needs (current and future generations) and how choices affect the public good (diversity) in addition to the well being of future generations

Activities:
Seminar participation, Exercises
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills
Inquiry and Analytical Skills

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