MES 381 • LANGUAGE AND POLITICS IN LANGUAGE PLANNING
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
This course will focus on important, though sometimes overlooked, aspects of language and society,; language and politics and 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 nations, 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 of politics. Needles to say, in addition to the study of general trends and practices, attention will be given to representative case studies across nations.
Class participation and discussion 50% (25% each) Oral report (on book of student's choice) 25% Term paper 25%
Holmes: Intro to Sociolinguistics, Newmeyer: Politics of Linguistics, Eastman: Language Planning, and Cooper: Language Planning and Social Change