LING 497 - Capstone Seminar
Section: 001 Endangered Languages
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
LING 313, 315 and 316.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

By one expert's estimate, 90% of today's 7,000 living languages will vanish before the end of this century. This course explores the topic of language endangerment and language death, focusing on these questions: Why and how do languages die? What does a community lose when its heritage language vanishes? Why do linguists believe that each instance of language death closes a vital window onto the workings of the human mind? Should endangered languages be preserved? If so, what (if anything) can be done to save an endangered language? Because this is a seminar, students will be expected to contribute actively to class discussions, and to investigate the various topics beyond the main core reading, a textbook on endangered languages.

Course Requirements:

The main written requirement will be a term paper, which can be either an individual project or a team project. Grading will be divided between participation in class discussions and other class activities (50%) and the term paper (50%).

LING 497 - Capstone Seminar
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001 (SEM)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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