Language Contact & Bilinguals
Language Contact & Bilinguals 2022-23
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
- The dynamics of language contact,
- Bilingual acquisition
- Speakers’ minds as a locus of contact,
- Transfer effects in bilinguals,
- Understanding and evaluating theories of bilingual representation
- Evaluating theories in view of empirical data
- Language and social subordination,
- Language maintenance in minority language settings,
- Contact-induced language change.
-threshold -D: Student has achieved the minimum acceptable standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all the learning outcomes. Student can demonstrate a minimum level of understanding of the basic concepts and be able to apply them to data with some degree of accuracy. -good -B: Student has achieved a better-than-average standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all learning outcomes, and has a clear and accurate understanding of concepts; ability to apply concepts to data critically and thoughtfully; evidence of wide reading and clear and accurate reference to source materials; free from misunderstanding and errors of content; free from irrelevant material. -excellent -A: Student has achieved a thorough standard of understanding and/or knowledge in all learning outcomes; or student has demonstrated an exceptional level of achievement in one or more learning outcomes together with a good overall standard: student has achieved a thorough understanding of the subject, both in terms of content and theory; student is able to apply concepts clearly and accurately; substantial evidence of critical and original thought and analysis; clear, logical argument; high level of communicative competence; free from irrelevant material and errors of spelling and punctuation; evidence of extensive reading beyond basic texts and clear and accurate references to source material.
- Students will be able to analyse and critically evaluate the literature on contact linguistics, its relevance and theoretical contributions.
- Students will be able to integrate a range of linguistic, social, and political parameters in analyzing situations of language contact in various multilingual settings.
- Students will understand the main issues, outcomes, and theoretical advances in the domain of language contact.
BlackBoard based Test. This component is worth 40% of the final mark, and assesses learning outcomes 1 and 2. A BlackBoard based test accessible from any computer with internet access. The test is based on a journal article that discusses some current issue in language contact and/or bilingualism.
A 2500 word (+/- 10%) essay on a predefined topic, exploring a specific empirical and theoretical issue(s) in language contact/bilingualism. One of the aims of this assignment is to encourage you to engage with depth rather than breadth of analysis.