LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
Section: 002 Endangered Languages
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Requirements & Distribution:
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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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About 7,000 languages are currently spoken around the world. A startlingly high proportion of these languages are gravely endangered; by one expert’s estimate, 90% of today’s living languages will vanish before the end of this century. This course explores the topic of language endangerment and language death, focusing on the following questions: What puts a language on the ‘endangered’ list? How do languages die? How do communities react to the imminent death of their heritage languages? Why do linguists believe that each instance of language death closes a vital window onto the workings of the human mind? Does the spread of English and other internationally important languages inevitably lead to the extinction of less widely spoken languages? Should endangered languages be preserved? If so, what can be done to reverse the process of language decline and death?

Course Requirements:

The main written requirement will be a term paper, which could be either an individual project or a team project. Grading will be divided between preparation for and participation in class discussions (50% of the course grade) and the term paper (50% of the course grade).

Class Format:

This is a seminar, not a lecture course — which means that students will be expected to contribute actively to class discussions, and to investigate the various topics beyond the required readings.

LING 102 - First Year Seminar (Humanities)
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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