Multilingualism in Society

Module titleMultilingualism in Society
Module codeSML2244
Academic year2020/1
Credits15
Module staff

Mr Ettore Marchetti ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will be introduced to various aspects of multilingualism from a sociolinguistic perspective: bilingualism, diglossia, language maintenance and shift, language planning, language endangerment and death. In particular we will focus on regional minority languages and immigrant minority languages in Europe. Examples from the European context will be discussed and you will be expected to explore specific case studies and data according to your own programme of study and language interests/experiences.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to introduce you to various aspects of multilingualism from a sociolinguistic perspective. The course will introduce you to concepts such as bilingualism, diglossia, language maintenance and shift, language planning, regional minority languages and immigrant minority languages in Europe. Examples from the European context will be discussed and you will be expected to explore specific case studies and data according to your own programme of study and language interests/experiences.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate an understanding of issues of multilingualism and apply them to the analysis of examples from your own experience as language learners
  • 2. Gain awareness of linguistic diversity and multilingualism UK and Europe.
  • 3. Identify and analyse different kinds of mutilingualism both on a state, regional and city level.
  • 4. Use the new linguistic terminology appropriately.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Understand sociolinguistic concepts and apply them to the analysis of multilingualism in societies
  • 6. Carry out personal research taking as a starting point the classes and the reading list provided by the tutor
  • 7. Understand and use, in written contexts, a range of linguistic terms
  • 8. Access and use critically printed and, where appropriate, electronic learning resources identified as useful by the course tutor(s), and, to a limited extent, discover other useful materials independently.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Apply reading skills, analysis and evaluationand participate in discussions and team work..

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Introduction: Multilingualism
Bilingualism and diglossia
Language maintenance and shift
Language planning
Regional minority languages in Europe
Immigrant minority languages in Europe

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
161340

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1610 x 1.5 hr lecture + seminar + 1 x conclusion

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Mini Essay500 WordsAllIndividual & collective, written & oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1002500 wordsAllIndividual, written and oral

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssayAllAugust Ref/Def period

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Alladina, Safder and Viv Edwards (Eds.). 1991. Multilingualism in the British Isles (Volume 2: Africa, the Middle East and Asia). London/New York: Longman.


Alladina, Safder and Viv, Edwards (Eds.). 1991. Multilingualism in the British Isles (Volume 1: The older mother tongues and Europe). London/New York: Longman
Appel, Ren and Muysken, Pieter. 1987. Language contact and bilingualism. London: Arnold.


Coulmas, Florian. 2005. Sociolinguistics: the study of speakers choice. Cambridge: CUP.


Edwards, John. 2009. Societal Multilingualism: reality, recognition and response. In: Peter Auer & Li We (Eds.) Handbook of Multilingualism and Multilingual Communication. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. Ch.18


Extra, Guus and Durk Gorter. 2001. The other languages of Europe. Multilingual Matters.


Extra, Guus and Durk Gorter. Multilingual Europe: facts and policies. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.


Extra, Guus and Kutlay Yagmur. 2004. Urban multilingualism in Europe: immigrant minority languages at home and school. Multilingual Matters.


Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle and Stefan, Wolff (Eds.). 2003. Minority languages in Europe. Framework, Status Prospects. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.


Holmes, Janet. 2008. An introduction to sociolinguistics. Harlow: Pearson-Longman.
Mesthrie, Rajend, Swann, Joan, Deumert, Ana & Leap, William, L. 2010. Introducing sociolinguistics Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


Myers-Scotton, Carol. 2006. Multiple Voices: an introduction to bilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell O'Reilly, Camille (Ed.). 2001. Language, ethnicity and state. Volume 1: Minority languages in the European Union. Hampshire: Palgrave.


Romaine, Suzanne. 2000. Language in society. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Wardhaugh, Ronald. 2010. An introduction to Sociolinguistics. Oxford: Blackwell.


 

 

 

 

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

http://www.ethnologue.com/
http://www.coe.int/T/E/Legal_Affairs/Local_and_regional_Democracy/Regional_or_Minority_languages/
http://languagecharter.eokik.hu/byLanguage.htm
http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/saoghal/mion-chanain/en/

Module has an active ELE page

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

6

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

2010

Last revision date

02/04/2020