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Бакалавриат 2020/2021

Язык в обществе: современные вызовы

Направление: 45.03.02. Лингвистика
Когда читается: 4-й курс, 3 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 6

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Why do people adopt different communicative strategies in different situations with different interlocutors? How does ethnic, national self- perception affect they way people speak? Why some languages are more prestigious than others? How do languages survive or die, and what is it - language death? Do concepts like native language, mother tongue, first- choice lanaguage, a.o. mean the same things? What are relations between language and power? The aim of this research seminar is to provide answers to these and other questions pertinent to the complex relationship between language and society. More specifically, we will focus on various aspects of sociolinguistic research, including language contact, change and language shift. In addition, we will explore how gender, social class, and age, as well as various socio-cultural, economic, and political factors influence one’s linguistic behaviour and attitudes.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students are able to compare different linguistic strategies
  • Students are able to analyze factors contributing to language maintenance / shift
  • Students are able to analyze how issues of power can have an impact on language policy and planning at different levels
  • Students are able to compare the linguistic behaviour of men and women
  • Students are able to analyze how one’s perception of identity / belonging can affect his/her speech
  • Students are able to discern different language attitudes and how they are formed in light of (non)dominant language ideologies
  • Students are able to analyze specificities of online communication
  • Students are able to discern between code-switching and lexical borrowing
  • Students are able to discuss culturally dependent politeness systems and strategies
  • Students are able to discern between various research paradigms in the sphere of pragmatics
  • Students can discuss various approaches to fieldwork
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to compare different linguistic strategies
  • Students are able to analyze factors contributing to language maintenance / shift
  • Students are able to analyze how issues of power can have an impact on language policy and planning at different levels
  • Students are able to compare the linguistic behaviour of men and women
  • Students are able to analyze how one’s perception of identity / belonging can affect his/her speech
  • Students are able to discern different language attitudes and how they are formed in light of (non)dominant language ideologies
  • Students are able to analyze specificities of online communication
  • Students are able to discern between code-switching and lexical borrowing
  • Students are able to discuss culturally dependent politeness systems and strategies
  • Students are able to discern between various research paradigms in the sphere of pragmatics
  • Students can discuss various approaches to fieldwork
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Language policy: issues of power
  • Language maintenance / shift
  • Language and gender
  • Language in online communication (Social networks analysis)
  • Anglicisms in the speech of Russian YouTube bloggers: code-switching or lexical borrowing?
  • Cross-cultural pragmatics
  • Linguistic fieldwork
  • Introduction – Language choice in Multilingual globalized world
  • Language and (ethnic/national) identity
  • Language ideology and language attitudes
  • Language and politeness: cultural aspects
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking online quizzes
  • non-blocking group project
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.4 * group project + 0.6 * online quizzes
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Baker, P. (2010). Sociolinguistics and Corpus Linguistics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=324962
  • Holmes, J., & Wilson, N. (2017). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Vol. Fifth Edition). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1467482

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Mesthrie, R. (2011). The Cambridge Handbook of Sociolinguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=400558