The Pacific Languages Unit (PLU) is part of the Department of Literature and Language of the School of Humanities. It is based on the Emalus Campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
MISSION STATEMENTThe PLUs mission statement is:
|to raise the awareness of Pacific Islanders about problems and issues relating to their own languages and other languages spoken in their country;|
|to provide Pacific Islanders with the skills necessary to ensure the survival and development of their languages;|
|to teach university credit courses in and about Pacific languages; and|
|to conduct research into Pacific languages and the language situation in the region.|
COURSES AND PROGRAMS - COURSES AND PROGRAMS -
The PLU offers a Diploma in Pacific Language Studies and a major in the BA degree, and Pacific Language Studies can also be a joint double major with Linguistics. At present, both the diploma and the major require 8 courses: 2 at 100-level, 3 at 200-level and 3 at 300-level. The courses offered by the PLU are:
Foundation level (Year 13/Form 7 equivalent) -
LLF21 Communication and Language
LL122 Introduction to Language Studies
LL124 The Analysis of Language
LL214 Applied Phonetics and Phonology
LL221 Language Issues in the Pacific
LL222 The Languages of the Pacific
LL226 Pacific Language Case Studies (specially tailored Summer School course)
LL323 Comparative Linguistics
LL324 Special Topics in Pacific Linguistics (only with consent of Director of PLU)
LL325 Syntax and Typology
Almost all of these courses are, or will be, available through Extension, and some are also taught as intensive Summer Schools, depending on numbers of students enrolling. USP Centre Directors can be consulted about the availability of LL226 and LL324. Students may also credit some Linguistics courses taken on the Laucala Campus towards the Diploma or the major.
A qualification in Pacific Language Studies could lead to a number of careers, among them being:
|translation and interpretation|
|cultural and anthropological studies|
|foreign affairs and international relations|
Courses in Pacific Language Studies are also very useful as electives in many other programmes of study, such as law, education, sociology, literature, and many other areas.
In addition to teaching normal university courses, staff of the PLU can conduct or arrange workshops or other short-term training programs in areas like:
|design of writing systems for unwritten languages|
|curriculum design for national languages|
The PLU is also available to advise governments and other bodies on matters like:
|language policy in the education system|
|language use in the media|
|dictionaries of national languages|
|language policy and planning|
|cataloguing of dying languages|
|English in the South Pacific
by John Lynch and France Mugler (1999)
USEFUL LANGUAGES LINKS
|Annotated bibliography of Vanuatu languages:|
|Languages of the Pacific, by country (from the 13th edition of Ethnologue, a catalogue of the worlds languages):|
A bibliography of Melanesian Pidgin English dictionaries,
phrase books and study guides
|Austronesian On-Line, a website with a number of links related to the study of Austronesian languages:|
PACIFIC LANGUAGES ON THIS SITE:
The About the School of Law page from this site has been translated into several Pacific languages, as listed below. These can be accessed by clicking on the hyperlinks provided.
|Bislama Version||LONG SAED BLONG SKUL BLONG LOA|
|Fijian Version||VEIKA E SO BALETA NA KORONIVULI NI LAWA|
|French Version||A propos de la Faculte de Droit|
|Kiribati Version||TAEKAN REIREIN TE TUA|
|Samoan Version||E UIGA I LE AOGA O MEA TAU TULAFONO|
|Tongan Version||FEKAUAKI MOE 'APIAKO LAO|
The current staff of the PLU, with their research interests and other areas of expertise, are:
John Lynch, BA Syd., PhD Haw.
Professor of Pacific Languages and Director
Oceanic languages, especially languages of Vanuatu; history of languages of the Pacific; pidgin and creole languages; language change; dictionaries; orthography design.
Descriptive studies of Pacific languages, especially Polynesian languages and the languages of central Vanuatu; translation theory and practise; linguistic typology; computer applications in language studies.
Robert Early, BA VUW, BD Melb. Coll. Div., MA Auck., PhD ANU
Apolonia Tamata, BA USP, MA Haw.
Hannah Vari-Bogiri, Cert. Ed. (ESL & FFL) St Mark & St John, BA Grad. Dip. Ling. JCU
Fijian, especially the Bua dialect; phonology; dictionaries; narrative discourse syntax and semantics.
English and French as Second/Foreign Languages; multilingualism; Araki (Southwest Santo) and other languages of northern Vanuatu.
You can contact us through the USP Centre Director in your home country. Alternatively, you can contact us directly as follows:
Pacific Languages Unit
Telephone: (+678) 22748
Fax: (+678) 22633