Australia holds an unenviable record for its loss of Indigenous languages and actively pursues a de facto policy of English monolingualism. This unit examines how Indigenous communities are resisting this trend and reviving so-called extinct languages through examining the roles of language policy and planning, community activism, language centres, education, technology and the linguistic processes involved. Lecture and tutorial content is supplemented by a fieldwork excursion (at additional cost) to a regional language centre and associated school programs.
1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week. Compulsory field trip (approx 4 days).
1x 900wd Presentation Paper (20%), 1x 1800wd Essay (40%), 1x 1800wd Field Report (40%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in Indigenous StudiesProhibitions