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ALM5510 - Language maintenance in practice

24 points, SCA Band 1, 0.500 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Margaret Florey


Clayton First semester 2008 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2008 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit provides students with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding of the issues involved in language endangerment. Students will develop and implement a research project with outcomes of practical benefit in strengthening or supporting language maintenance practice within a community or organisation. Possible topics include developing curriculum for a school or community language program, documenting aspects of a previously undescribed language, preparing a sketch grammar drawing upon existing documentation or archival materials, developing language teaching and literacy materials, preparing topical wordlists in the endangered language.


On completion of this unit students should have:

  • applied their knowledge of language maintenance strategies;
  • developed an ability to implement language maintenance programs appropriate to particular language endangerment settings internationally

  • On completion of this unit students should be able to:
  • draw on in-depth and critical knowledge of the literature in this field to write a literature review;
  • formulate a detailed proposal to develop a language maintenance project;
  • plan the stages in carrying out research in an endangered language community or an organisational setting;
  • apply appropriate methodologies to implement research questions;
  • undertake independent research;
  • analyse primary data;
  • write a thesis based on original research.


Minor thesis (16000 words): 100%.

Contact hours



ALM4110, LIN4040, LIN4050

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