LING 115 - Language in a Multicultural World
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Which is more common around the world, monolingualism, bilingualism or multilingualism? Do children who learn two languages from birth turn out to be developmentally and linguistically disadvantaged or the reverse? What kind of new languages emerge when languages and cultures come into contact? Would establishing English as the social language of the United States help to preserve English? Why do the most pessimistic estimates predict the death of 90% of the world's 6,000 languages by the end of this century? This course addresses questions about bilingualism and multilingualism, as they relate to language policies and language planning on the one hand and language contact on the other. With regard to the first topic, the course compares language policies, examines language rights, language officialization, language use in education, the development of new orthographic systems (and the ideological choices behind them), language revitalization and death, among other issues. With regard to language contact, the course focuses on the new language varieties that emerge in bilingual and multilingual settings and their use and representation in the societal and educational spheres in which they are spoken. This course combines class lectures with group discussions based on students’ examination of specific case studies.

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LING 115 - Language in a Multicultural World
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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