Language and Linguistics
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 14 January 2019
Friday 22 March 2019
Requisites for this module
LG210 or LG211 or LG212 or LG213
The module covers topics in multilingualism and language contact under two headings: (i) multilingualism at the level of the individual. In this section the topics covered are language choice, diglossia, and code-switching. (ii) Multilingualism at the societal level and the outcomes of contact. This part deals with the coexistence of more than one language within the same community and the outcomes of this coexistence, including language maintenance and shift, and the emergence of Pidgin and Creole languages.
* To introduce students to multilingualism as a case of linguistic diversity, and the issues involved in its study.
* To introduce students to outcomes of language contact
* To enable students to develop an informed view of the linguistic and cultural value of linguistic diversity
* To enable students to appreciate linguistic diversity as a resource, and to handle debates on this issue
* To enable students to develop awareness of the plight of minority and endangered languages
* To enable students to understand contact-induced language change
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Two-hour weekly lecture.
Wk 16. General introduction: multilingualism as a source of diversity, facts and figures.
Wk 17. Language choice: who speaks what language to whom and when, the decision tree model; the diglossia model. Reading: Hoffmann, Ch. 9, Apple & Muysken, Ch. 3.
Wk 18. Individual multilingualism: basic concepts and definitions; early and contemporary research on individual multilingualism. Reading: Hoffmann, Ch. 1; Romaine Ch. 3 (section 3.4).
Wks 19 & 20. Aspects of bilingual behaviour: interference, borrowing and code-switching. Reading: Hoffmann, Ch. 5, Romaine, Ch. 4.
Wk 21. Consultation and reading week; no class.
Wk 22. Societal multilingualism: causes, consequences and patterns. Reading: Hoffmann, Ch 8; Romaine, Ch. 2.
Wk 23. Language maintenance and language shift. Reading: Hoffmann, Ch's . 9 & 10, Edwards, Ch 3, Apple & Muysken, Ch. 4
Wks 24. Cases of multilingual societies' histories and dynamics: Irish, Catalan, Alsace German.
Wk 25. Language contact: Pidgins and Creoles. Reading: Romaine, An Introduction to sociolinguistics. Ch. 6
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
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Of 24 hours, 24 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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