Syntactic Diversity in a Connected World
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- 27 Feb 2023
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- Apply the terminology of morphology and syntax in the analysis of data.
- Analyse the structure of unfamiliar languages and identify elements and their functions in language.
- Identify and describe in writing the diversity of languages from different families.
- Discuss the interactions between natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems and language usage and maintenance.
- • Syntax.
- • Morphology.
- • Grammar.
- • Typology.
- • Linguistic diversity.
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:and
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed LIN3SYN (Syntax: The Relationship Between Meaning and Structure) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
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The world's extraordinary linguistic diversity is under threat, and the sustainability of the many smaller languages of the world is an urgent issue. In this subject we examine the diversity of human language and the extent of diversity in syntactic structures. Deeper knowledge of the complex interactions expressed by linguistic diversity will assist you to understand the challenges facing the sustainability of our existing linguistic diversity. You will learn the skills needed to describe the syntactic structures of languages and thus help contribute to sustaining linguistic diversity.
- Weekly Homework (1500 words). Weekly exercises testing the student's knowledge of language data. (40%)
- Essay / Assignment 1 (1000 words) Analysis of one particular linguistic feature in detail. (30%)
- Assignment 2 (1500 words) A series of questions relating to data analysis, (30%)
Current study term: 26 Feb 23 to 26 May 23
Textbook information is pending.