LING 103 - First Year Seminar (Social Science)
Section: 002 Perspectives on Endangered Languages
Term: WN 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Course Note:
Designed to introduce entering students to the intellectual life of the university in a small course taught by an experienced member of the faculty. Topics vary according to the interests of the instructors. Whatever their subject matter, first-year seminars emphasize critical thinking through class discussion and regular practice in writing.
Requirements & Distribution:
Theme, FYSem
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Why are thousands of the world’s languages in danger of being lost?
Why does it matter?
What kinds of changes might we expect to take place in endangered languages?
What is being done to document and support the languages now?

Students in this course examine social pressures on speakers in situations of bilingualism and multilingualism involving minority languages, and how these relate to tensions between language maintenance and shift. Students will be introduced to some structural and social perspectives on Warlpiri, an endangered language in Australia. We will discuss the types of linguistic structural change — if any — found in endangered languages, and explore the mechanisms of change in contact situations, including the roles of different age groups of speakers. Methods of language revitalization and reclamation, including education programs involving children and adults, will be explored. We will discuss current language documentation and field work methods, including data collection, processing and archiving.

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LING 103 - First Year Seminar (Social Science)
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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