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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
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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
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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
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Thank You!
  • Any Qestions?
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