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Linguistics at the University of Adelaide. Dr Rob Amery University of Adelaide Napier Rm 910. Tel: 83133924 [email protected] What is a Linguist?. Someone who speaks several languages? NO! (that’s a bilingual or polyglot)

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Linguistics at the university of adelaide

Linguistics at the University of Adelaide

Dr Rob Amery

University of Adelaide

Napier Rm 910. Tel: 83133924

[email protected]


What is a linguist

What is a Linguist?

  • Someone who speaks several languages?

  • NO! (that’s a bilingual or polyglot)

  • Many linguists do speak several languages (happens to be true of most of the staff in Linguistics at Adelaide Uni)

  • But some linguists are monolingual and may only work on their own language


What is linguistics

What is Linguistics?

  • The science of language – finding out what makes languages tick

  • Consider this sentence:

  • The horse raced past the barn fell.

  • Is it OK? Is it a good sentence?

  • What fell?


The horse raced past the barn fell

The horse raced past the barn fell.

  • Often people try to make sense of it by breaking it into two sentences: The horse raced past. The barn fell.

  • But no need to do this. It is fine as it is.

  • Computers have no difficulty in processing this sentence.

  • This kind of sentence is called a Garden Path sentence.

  • Once we think of this sentence in a transitive sense (ie someone raced the horse past the barn) then it’s easy. No problem. (cfThe horse ridden past the barn fell)

  • This shows us an important difference between brains and machines


What do linguists do

What do linguists do?

  • Document, describe and analyse languages

  • Investigate how languages are acquired and learnt

  • Look at what goes on in the mind when we use language (Psycholinguistics)

  • Look at what goes on in the brain when we use language (Neurolinguistics)

  • Give evidence in a court of law (Forensic Linguistics)


What do linguists do ctd

What do Linguists do? ctd

  • Investigate the relationship between language and culture (Anthropological Linguistics)

  • Language in Society (Sociolinguistics)

  • Investigate the relationships between languages (Comparative Linguistics) and their development over time (Historical Linguistics)

  • Investigate language in relation to its context or home (Ecological Linguistics)


Ling 1101 foundations of linguistics

LING 1101 ‘Foundations of Linguistics’

  • Semester 1 (first year course)

  • Looks at the nature of language itself

  • Linguistic subsystems (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, semantics)

  • Language acquisition

  • Neurolinguistics

  • The origins of writing

  • Language change, language typology and language universals


Ling 1102 language the ethnography of communication

LING 1102: Language & the Ethnography of Communication

What language is cannot be separated from how and why it is used.

This course is interested in variation:

  • Language variation in accent

  • Language variation in social class

  • Language variation in gender

  • Language variation as part of ethnicity

  • Language variation in different aged groups


Linguistics at the university of adelaide

2014

Winter Semester: LING 2014 ‘Australian Indigenous Languages’ 24th June till 10th July

Semester 1

  • LING 1101 Foundations of Linguistics

  • Language & Meaning

Semester 2

  • LING 1102 Language & the Ethnography of Communication

  • Morphology & Syntax

  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis


Linguistics at the university of adelaide

2015

Summer Semester: LING 2039 ‘Reclaiming Languages: a Kaurna case study’

Semester 1

  • LING 1101 Foundations of Linguistics

  • Language and Meaning

Semester 2

  • LING 1102 Language & the Ethnography of Communication

  • Phonology

  • Language in the 21st Century


2 nd and 3 rd year linguistics courses

2nd and 3rd year Linguistics Courses

  • Phonology

  • Morphology & Syntax

  • Australian Indigenous Languages

  • Reclaiming Languages: a Kaurna case study

  • Revival Linguistics

  • Languages in the 21st Century: Cultural Contact and New Words

  • Language in a Global Society

  • Cross-Cultural Communication

  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis

  • Language & Meaning

  • Language Learning

  • Language & Communication Planning

  • Language & Environment

  • Language, Cognition & Reality


Ma applied linguistics

MA Applied Linguistics

  • Linguistics Research Methods

  • Field Linguistics

  • Language Learning & Linguistics

  • Discourse Analysis

  • Meaning as Choice

  • Language Planning


Research strengths

Research Strengths

  • Endangered Languages

  • Aboriginal Languages (esp Kaurna, Wirangu, Ngarrindjeri, Yankunytjatjara)

  • Revival Linguistics

  • Mission Linguistics

  • Ecological Linguistics

  • Language Planning

  • Educational Linguistics

  • Systemic Functional Linguistics

  • Research into New Arrivals Program (Sudanese)

  • Discourse analysis in health (clinical discourse)


Professor of linguistics of endangered languages

Professor of Linguistics of Endangered Languages

  • Prof Ghil’ad Zuckermann

  • Commenced in Feb. 2011

  • Wants to make Adelaide Uni the world centre of Revival Linguistics

    • Expertise in Israeli (Hebrew language revival)

    • Kaurna Linguistics

    • Ngarrindjeri

    • Wirangu

    • Mobile Language Team


Linguistics at the university of adelaide

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