Politics, Identity, and Resistance - Global Language Ideologies

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 14340 — Fall 2023

Edmondson Hall C110
Days and Times
Tu/Th 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Why is French so romantic? Why do British accents sound proper? Why do we have these kinds of ideas about language in the first place? In this course, we will explore language ideologies: people’s inherent beliefs, attitudes, and expectations about languages and their use in society. Language ideologies impact the world in countless ways, from the stereotypes attached to a “funny” accent to the political and cultural implications of endangered language revitalization. Throughout the semester, we will learn to ask questions about language ideologies and answer them using sociolinguistic data. Along the way, we will discover diverse speech communities across the globe. This course is ideal for students interested in languages, linguistics, media, anthropology, area studies, and anything international. Students will leave with enhanced research skills, experience with multiple types of data analysis, new strategies for intercultural communication, and knowledge of languages and cultures they may not have otherwise encountered.

Instructor: Jennifer Cox

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)