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Kamran Scot Aghaie, Chair CAL 528 | 204 W 21st St F9400 | Austin, TX 78712-1029 • 512-471-3881

Fall 2008


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
42625 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
CAL 221

Course Description

This course will focus on important, though sometimes overlooked, aspects of language and society--language and politics in language planning--which may not be sufficiently accounted for otherwise. It has to be recognized that nations and other political entities do have a significant impact on language planning and language behavior. Whereas it is especially prominent in societal patterned language behavior and language planning of emerging and developing mations, it may be present, though less overtly, in developed and established nations and societies as well (including the US). The study of the reflection of various aspects of language and politics in literature ( prose and poetry) is likely to add another interesting dimension to this seminar. The same applies to aspects of language and politics. Needless to say, in addition to the study of general trends and practices, attention will be given to representative case studies across nations.

Grading Policy

Grade will be mainly based on: class participation, oral report on a book of the student's choice, discussion of articles, and a term paper.


Holmes - Intro to Sociolinguistics. Newmeyer- Politics of Linguistics. Eastman - Language Planning. Cooper - Language Planning & Social Change


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