These studies aim to equip people to assist a language project team in ethnolinguistic communities whose languages may be unwritten. Because language planning and development work is complex and requires good understanding, skills and abilities across multiple disciplines the course includes subjects such as phonological and grammatical analysis, sociolinguistics, translation, semantics and literacy. After completing the introductory units in Launch and Semester 1, students typically choose to specialise in translation and linguistics or literacy education in Semester 2. Because graduates are expected to be involved in training others as a member of a team, the aspect of training is also an emphasis of the course.
The unit Linguistics and Language Learning is taught at SILA’s Launch course (normally mid-January – mid-February) and it, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for many of the undergraduate units in the Diploma in Arts.
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