lin2las language in asia




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, language structure and the social aspects of language use in various Asian societies are investigated through systematic reading and analysis. Each week, areas for discussion are chosen from Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian, Thai and other Asian societies. For each focus society/region, material will discuss sociolinguistic information such aslanguage distribution,varieties, speech styles, language shift, ethnicity and identity and language policy issues. This subject is relevant for students with an interest in sociolinguistics and/or an Asian language or Asian Studies, and may be included within a major in Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese or Asian Studies, as well as Linguistics.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJessica Birnie-Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must have passed 15 credit points at first-year level from Linguistics, or must have passed 30 credit points of any School of Humanities and Social Sciences subject. All other students require Coordinator's approval.


Incompatible subjects LIN3LIA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students are able, independently or in small groups, to present their own views and the views of others in tutorial presentations.

Participation in tutorials, Class presentation
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02. Students will articulate connections between their study of linguistics and issues of personal or social concern.

Assignments, Test, Participation in tutorials
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Life-Long Learning(Life-Long Learning)

03. Students will be able to relate a data set and their analysis to relevant theories of Linguistics. Students will further develop their ability to present and analyse data in written form. They will become more sophisticated in articulating and defending their analyses.

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04. Students will be able to search for and locate information beyond the specific suggestions embodied in subject guides. Students will be familiar with library resources in the field of linguistic study. Students will be able to show independent thinking in their essay materials.

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Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

05. Students will become more adept at engaging with and describing this linguistic diversity.

Participation in tutorials, Assignments, Test, Class presentation
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Ethical & Cultural Awareness(Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

06. Students will expand the domains of linguistics across which they are able to deploy analytical and problem solving techniques.

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Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

07. Students will work co-operatively on various tasks, and discuss linguistic analyses of particular datasets.

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08. Under guidance, students will be able to solve problems of increasing complexity across a wider range of sub-disciplines of linguistics.

Assignments, Class presentation, Test, Participation in tutorials
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Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJessica Birnie-Smith

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One hour Test (800 word equivalent)2502, 03, 05, 06, 08
One 800 word Class Presentation (800 word equivalent)1001, 02, 05, 06, 07, 08
Two Assignments (total 2400 word equivalent)6502, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08