LING 2053 - Australian Indigenous Languages (Kaurna focus) II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code LING 2053 Course Australian Indigenous Languages (Kaurna focus) II Coordinating Unit Linguistics Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible LING 1053, LING 3053, LING 7053. Completion of both LING 2039/ LING 3015 and LING 2014/ LING 3013 (one is allowed) Course Description This course provides an introduction to the Indigenous languages of Australia with a particular focus on Kaurna, the language of the Adelaide Plains. Australia has arguably suffered the worst rate of language loss and extinction in the world with now only 12 of the original 250 to 300 languages being transmitted by natural means to the next generation. Kaurna is one of the few Indigenous languages which is reversing the trends and making a remarkable comeback. While focussing on the Kaurna language, the course covers a wide range of topics essential to understand Australian Indigenous languages, not only linguistically, but also culturally and sociologically. The sounds and spelling systems are introduced and their structure explored with a view to uncovering something of their genius and unique contribution to the rich tapestry of the world's languages. The interplay between linguistic and cultural meanings of Kaurna greetings, kinship and emotions will be explained in detail. In addition, the course will look at the use of Indigenous languages in the public sphere of Australian society, including education, law and health, making the course highly relevant to students who aim to gain highly specialised skills to work in such fields.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Rob Amery
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Course Learning Outcomes1. Know where to access accurate, reliable and up-to-date information on Australian Indigenous Languages.
2. Pronounce Aboriginal words written in established orthographies with confidence.
3. Understand the nature of the relationships between Aborginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
4. Promote understanding of and appreciation for Australia’s unique linguistic heritage and of the Kaurna language in particular.
5. Introduce oneself (and one’s family) in the Kaurna language.
6. Reflect on and write coherently about a range of issues confronting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
7. Appreciate the significance of Indigenous languages to their owners, speakers and custodians and implications for healing, health and well-being.
8. Build language and cultural skills that would be useful to work with Indigenous peoples of Australia in the public sphere including education, health, law, and social work.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
2, 4, 5, 6, 8
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
2, 7, 8
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
4, 5, 6, 7
- Bowern, Claire (ed) (forthcoming) The Oxford Guide to Australian Languages. Oxford University Press.
- Amery, Rob (2016) Warraparna Kaurna! Reclaiming an Australian Language. University of Adelaide Press. https://www.adelaide.edu.au/press/titles/kaurna/
- Amery, Rob & Jane Simpson (2013) Kulurdu Marni Ngathaitya! Sounds good to me! Kaurna Learner’s Guide. Wakefield Press.
- Amery, Rob (2020) Emotion metaphors in an awakening language: Kaurna, the language of the Adelaide Plains. Pragmatics and Cognition 27(1): 272-312. https://doi.org/10.1075/pc.00017.ame Special issue edited by Maïa Ponsonnet, Dorothea Hoffmann & Isabel O’Keeffe.
Learning & Teaching Activities
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Learning Activities Summary
Week Lecture Topic 1 Introduction: Distribution and Status of AILs; Typology & Genetic Relationships. 2 Why learn an Australian Indigenous language? Strong Languages vs Revival Languages. 3 Sound Systems: Pronunciation and spelling of AILs. 4 Morphology and Syntax of AILs. 5 Introduction to Kaurna, the language of the Adelaide Plains. 6 Re-introducing a sleeping language: approaches and methods. 7 Kaurna Greetings, Introductions, Welcomes vs Acknowledgements. 8 Kaurna Kinship: Talking about family. 9 Kaurna Emotions: Talking about feelings. 10 Indigenous languages in education. 11 Indigenous languages in the public domain. 12 Language and the law; language and health; interpreting and translation.
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ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES Spelling and Pronunciation Quiz Summative 20% 2 Constructing a Kaurna Text Formative & Summative 30% 5 Research Essay (2,000 words) Summatuve 40% 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 Class Activities Formative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Spelling and Pronunciation Quiz (20%)
Students will be given 20 high profile Indigenous names, placenames, words or expressions written in established orthographies to pronounce.
Assignment 2: Constructing a Kaurna Text (30%)
Using the Kaurna dictionary and learner’s guide, students will follow a template to construct their own text acknowledging Kaurna land/people/culture and introducing themselves and their family or friends in the Kaurna language. (Level II: 100 word Kaurna text)
Assignment 3: Research Essay (40%)
Students will research and write a 2,000 word (Level II).
Assignment 4: Class Activities (10%)
Students actively engage in class activities to learn to speak, understand, read and write the Kaurna language and to discuss Indigenous language issues.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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