Sounds and Writing in Indigenous Languages (KCIL5610)


The study of any language requires an understanding of its sounds and the ways in which they relate to each other so that they can be written down. This unit of study introduces students to the production, perception and classification of speech sounds and their organisation into meaningful systems with particular reference to Indigenous Australian languages. It also provides an understanding of the development of writing systems and contemporary approaches to Australian orthography design.

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Further unit of study information


Block Mode


phonetics (20%) and phonology (30%) and exam (40%) and orthography (10%)

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Unit of study rules


KCIL5611 and KCIL5612

Additional Information

Available to students enrolled in block-mode courses only.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.