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Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitLinguistics
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anna Margetts, Dr Simon Musgrave


Previously coded LIN2070


The unit introduces students to Eastern Austronesian languages and cultures of Indonesia, East Timor and Oceania, covering issues in linguistic structure (morphology, syntax), sociolinguistic, and anthropological linguistics. Students will learn about the linguistic structure of Eastern Austronesian languages as well as the history of the Austronesian language family and the dispersal of the Austronesian people through linguistic, archaeological, anthropological, and genetic evidence. The unit will discuss issues such as language contact (including with neighbouring languages groups of Indonesia and New Guinea), special registers, language endangerment and language socialization.


After successfully completing this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and analyse data from Austronesian languages of the Molucas and Oceania,
  2. identify key features of the morphology, syntax and semantics of these languages,
  3. discuss the relationship between languages in this geographical area and identify contact phenomena between them,
  4. use linguistic, archaeological, anthropological, and genetic evidence to evaluate theories of the history of Austronesian languages and of the dispersal of the Austronesian people.

More generally students are expected to develop their abilities to:

  1. use analytic and interpretative skills in dealing with language data
  2. read critically
  3. assess evidence supporting various theories and thereby evaluate these theories
  4. present logical, coherent arguments both orally and in writing.


Participation: 15%
Written work: 60%
Test(1-hour): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

1 two-hour seminar

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1338 and ATS1339 OR ATS1254 and ATS1255 OR ATS1111 and ATS1112 OR ATS1113 and ATS1114