LG219-5-SP-CO:
Multilingualism

The details
2018/19
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 14 January 2019
Friday 22 March 2019
15
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Requisites for this module
(none)
LG210 or LG211 or LG212 or LG213
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Key module for

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Module description

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.

Aims:

* 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

Learning Outcomes:

* 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

Module aims

No information available.

Module learning outcomes

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Module information

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Learning and teaching methods

Two-hour weekly lecture. Syllabus: 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

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Assignment 1 12/04/2019 100%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
0% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ella Jeffries, email: e.jeffries@essex.ac.uk.
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Availability
Yes
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No

External examiner

Dr Christopher Lucas
University of London
Senior Lecturer in Arabic Linguistics
Resources
Available via Moodle
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).

 

Further information
Language and Linguistics

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