Minority Languages I

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LHF042P05
Vaknaam Minority Languages I
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Minority Languages I: Sociology of Language
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the course unit, students

1.Identify traits that minority languages and their speech communities share, and estimate the
approximate vitality of minority language communities around the world (1.2 and 2.2)

2. Recognise basic theories within sociolinguistics concerning language planning, language
revitalisation as well as linguistic diversity (1.1. and 1.3)

3.Express personal ideas in the form of an argumentative essay and a blog post (2.1)

4.Demonstrate, through immaculate use of sources, an understanding of the ethical,
legal and social issues surrounding the use of information sources (towards 5.1)
Omschrijving Thousands of languages are spoken on this planet, but scientists predict that only a few
hundred of these will survive in the long run. Why do smaller languages die? Can smaller
languages be saved? Or would it just be for the best if we all just started to speak English?
This course teaches students about the general typological traits of minority languages and
their speech communities. It helps students understand which social and political factors
prevent a language from dying, and how you can make predi
ctions about the vitality of a
language. Through a number of case studies from Europe and beyond, interactive classes are
taught which focus on developing a broad theoretical foundation in our students combined
with teaching them practical skills about lan
guage revitalisation
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm excursie, hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen, wekelijkse opdrachten
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. A.D.E. Joubert, PhD.
Docent(en) dr. A.D.E. Joubert, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A syllabus of articles and other relevant material will be made available through Nestor.
Students enrolled in the M&M programme must buy the Wadsworth Handbook (10th edition or later and not the concise editions); students following this course as an elective are advised to do so as well
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester I a verplicht
Ba Minorities & Multilingualism 1 semester I a verplicht
Ba Vrije keuzeruimte / Bijvakken overig  (Minority Languages) - semester I a keuze
Facultaire Minor Linguistics  (Linguistics) 3 semester I a keuzegroep