LING3025 – Study on an Australian Aboriginal Language

Lecturer Dr Felicity Meakins
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty HASS
Prerequisites LING1000 + LING1005 and two advanced (second or third) level courses listed in the Major/Double Major in Linguistics
Contact Hours 4 Contact hours
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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LING3025 – Study on an Australian Aboriginal Language 91.7

The language studied this semester was Bilinarra, a language of the Northern Territory, and the course convenor was Dr Felicity Meakins, author of a dictionary and a grammar on this language (these books are the required texts for the course). Felicity's intimate knowledge of the language being studied and her obvious passion for the Bilinarra language, people and culture make this a great course to take. It's also great to have the opportunity to spend an entire semester with one language, rather than bits and pieces of different languages throughout a course, as is often common with Linguistics courses.

The course is well-structured and logically ordered and lecture notes provided are comprehensive. Felicity follows the lecture notes closely but you still get a lot more out of attending lectures, as it's quite an interactive class where asking questions is welcomed, and when Felicity does deviate from the lecture notes it's always a relevant and interesting diversion that provides further insight into the language and culture. Another good reason to show up to class is that lectures are not recorded.

The textbooks are costly if you purchase hardcopies but digital versions were provided at no cost, complete with audio recordings of the language corpus.

The assessment is great for those like me who really don't like writing essays. The fortnightly worksheets are challenging without being impossible and the take-home exam is easily preferable to turning up on campus for a scheduled exam or having to write a research essay. On top of formal assessment items there are a number of class activities completed in tutorials, and discussion and collaboration with classmates on these is encouraged.

One point of caution: I would definitely not recommend taking this subject if you haven't taken LING2040: Morphology (doing that course concurrently with this one would also be OK). This course assumes a LOT of knowledge from the Morphology course and you will struggle without it. Phonology and Syntax would also be recommended but neither are as essential for this course (in my opinion) as Morphology.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2014

Your program/major

BA (Linguistics Major)

  • Free textbooks
  • Course convenor with real hands-on experience of studying the language
  • Good assessment items, well spaced throughout semester
  • Lectures are not recorded
  • Language and course convenor subject to change each year
Posted on May 28, 2014 11:26 pm

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