Language and Identity

Course code LING2503
Not available in 2015

Description

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.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss the nature of the relationship between language and community

2. Odentify socio-cultural aspects of language use and language values

3. Evaluate the effect of language attitudes on inter-group communication

4. Identify social and political forces that can lead to language death

Content

The 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)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING3004. Students who have successfully completed LING3004 are not eligible to enrol in LING2503.

Assumed Knowledge

LING1110 or SOCA1110 or equivalent

Assessment Items

Essay: 2 x Essays

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

combination of lecture presentation and seminar discussion