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Graduate Certificate in Linguistics in Language Endangerment Studies

Course code: 3795 ~ Course abbreviation: GradCertLingLEStud ~ Total credit points required: 24 ~ 0.5 years full-time, 1 year part-time ~ Managing faculty: Arts

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Off-campus (Clayton)

Multimode (Clayton)

Course description

The course offers professional development for a wide range of language maintenance practitioners. It is designed for people who are involved in, or aspire to become involved in, work with minority endangered language groups. Training is provided in the specialist skills needed to document and maintain endangered languages both in homeland and in diaspora or immigrant community settings.

Course objectives

Students completing this course will have: 1. a familiarity with diverse aspects of the academic discipline; 2. a familiarity with the world view of the field of study; 3. a familiarity with the secondary literature in the field of study; 4. a familiarity with many of the key texts and cultural products pertaining to the field of study; 5. advanced reading and communication skills, both written and verbal; 6. developed sound analytical skills; 7. developed the ability to use relevant technology such as databases, information management systems and search engines effectively.

Course structure

Course requirements

The course consists of two units at level 4, comprising 24 points taken over two semesters. Students take the group 1 core unit (12 points) in their first semester and one unit selected from group 2 (12 points) in their second semester.

Students who are exempted from taking ALM 4110 may take an elective selected from group 3 or a further unit from group 2.

Group 1

Core unit
  • ALM4110 General linguistics (12 points)

Group 2

  • LIN4040 Researching endangered languages (12 points)
  • LIN4050 Issues in language endangerment and language maintenance (12 points)

Group 3 (12 points)


Students who achieve an average of credit or better may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics in Language Endangerment Studies.

Course coordinator

Dr Margaret Florey