AN2009 - Anthropological Linguistics
|Student Contribution Band:
||School of Arts & Social Sciences
This subject focuses on the place of language in wider social and cultural contexts,
and the role of language in shaping and sustaining cultural practices and social structures.
It addresses basic structural features of language, both human language and animal
communication. It encompasses cultural linguistics, which is presented in a general,
cognitive model that can both serve as an ethnographic tool and encompass the great
range of linguistic phenomena that anthropologists commonly encounter during fieldwork.
Further issues include: linguistic relativity (language and worldview); language and
identity; language ideologies, linguistic racism and ethnography of communication;
language contact, change, and societal multilingualism; various issues in sociolinguistics;
linguistic methods used in anthropology; language and nationalism; language, ecology
and environment; and language politics in Australia and elsewhere. Students also receive
a foundation in descriptive linguistics and documenting languages, with an emphasis
on working with language communities.
- have a clear understanding and knowledge of basic linguistic concepts as relevant
to anthropological research;
- acquire ability to present ideas and arguments concerning issues of interrelation
between language and culture, language ideologies and language policies;
- gain knowledge of practices of language description and documentation;
- develop knowledge and understanding of interrelations between language, ecology and
- The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments,
and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
- The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
- The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
- The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion
and political persuasion.
|To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points
(four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Study Period 1
|Census Date 24-Mar-2011
||Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald
||Professor Robert Dixon, Professor Alexandra Aikhenvald.
- 26 hours lectures
- 12 hours tutorials
||presentations (40%); tutorial attendance and participation (20%); assignments (40%).
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