After Babel. Language Policies in Europe
Full course description
The course aims to give students a general introduction into the field of language policy, with a special regard to Europe, its countries and regions and the Institutions of the European Union. Students will thus familiarise with all kinds of language issues in Europe and the EU. They will explore some history of the European language policies and learn about general conceptions of language planning, language use, language learning and multilingualism. Within this process of exploration students are likely to come across some widespread misconceptions and prejudices concerning language, as these still play a significant role in European and national discussions. The course focuses on various topics: language & society, language & politics, language & nation, language & geography, language & migration, language & culture, language & identity, language & business, language & media. Please note that this is an elective course and available places are limited.
Following the course, students will gain insight into: • Current issues and recent history of language policy in Europe and European countries; • The role of language issues in other European policy domains; • Codes of conduct in multilingual environments; • Concepts and arguments generally used in sociolinguistics, language policy and language planning; • The manifold relation between language and identity. The course also offers a first introduction into the research domain of language policy. Students will get familiar with the organisation of the discipline, some of its handbooks, resources and methodology. The course book contains a list of concepts and terms students are supposed to know and use actively during the discussions and in the assignments.
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