Language and Identity

Course code LING2503Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Language is a powerful instrument for constructing and reflecting social and community identities. Who we are, how we identify with our own social group, our attitudes to other cultures, are all interconnected with language use and language values. This course investigates the role of language in constructing individual and social identities, and associated topics including language attitudes, language and nationality, and endangered languages.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- discuss the nature of the relationship between language and community
- identify socio-cultural aspects of language use and language values
- evaluate the effect of language attitudes on inter-group communication
- identify social and political forces that can lead to language death.
ContentThe course will investigate the role of language in the construction of individual and social identities. Attention will be given to the nature and boundaries of language communities, language and nationality, language attitudes and language endangerment.
Replacing Course(s)LING3004 Language and Identity
TransitionStudents who have previously completed LING3004 Language and Identity are not permitted to enrol in LING2503
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeLING1110 or SOCA1110 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo 2000-word essays (due approximately weeks 9 & 14) @ 50% each
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term