SYNTACTIC DIVERSITY IN A CONNECTED WORLD
Credit points: 15
The world's extraordinary linguistic diversity is under threat, and the sustainability of the many smaller languages of the world is an urgent issue. Examining the great diversity of human language will make you aware of the extent of global linguistic diversity and the breadth of diversity in syntactic structures. Deeper knowledge of the complex interactions expressed by linguistic diversity will assist you to understand the challenges facing the sustainability of our existing linguistic diversity. You will learn about the relationship between the continuation of linguistic diversity and the sustainability of human cultural diversity, and the responsibility that linguists have to respect and preserve linguistic diversity. You will learn the skills needed to describe the syntactic structures of languages and thus help contribute to sustaining linguistic diversity. This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. You will gain a deep appreciation of how the choices we make affect natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems-now and in the future.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorStephen Morey
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesExercises, Online quizzes, Seminar participation
PrerequisitesLIN1IML AND LIN2SOL
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Special conditionsCore subject at third-year for linguistics in the Bachelor of Arts
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Introduction to the Languages of the World
AuthorAnatole Lyovin, Brett Kessler, and William Leben.
PublisherOxford University Press
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorStephen Morey
Lecture/SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Weekly Homework (800 words) Weekly exercises testing the student's knowledge of language data
|Other||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4|
Essay / Assignment 1 (800 words) Analysis of one particular linguistic feature with some additional analysis relating to the sustainability of language diversity
|Assignment||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO5, SILO6|
Essay / Assignment 2 (800 words) Writing a 'sketch grammar' analysis of some language data provided to the students
|Assignment||Individual||No||20||SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4, SILO6|
Take home examination (2000 words equivalent) A series of questions relating to data analysis, and some questions that will relate to sustainability.
|Other written exam||Individual||No||40||SILO1, SILO2, SILO4|