Dr Alice Gaby from Monash University shares how she used the Living Archive in the undergraduate linguistics course “
I got the students to use the archive for various short homework exercises. For example:
- Find a likely instance of nominal morphology.
- Is there any evidence of allomorphy?
- If so, what are the allomorphs and what are their respective distributions?
- What is the most likely function of this morpheme?
The students also used the archive to complete a project in which they constructed a part of a learner’s grammar on the basis of the primers/readers and similar. For example, one group had a plain-language explanation of how grammatical relations are expressed (e.g. “how you know who is doing the action and who is affected by it”). The students really loved working with the real language materials.
I suggested to the LAAL team that it would be useful to be able to copy and paste the citation reference for the books the students used. Now they’ve added that feature, it will be really useful next time I run the Australian languages unit (first semester 2016).
If you have a story to share about how you’ve used materials from the Living Archive, let us know!