Politics, Identity, and Resistance - Multilingual East Asia - Cultural Diversity, Mulilingualism, and Language Policy in East Asia

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 13744 — Fall 2022

Edmondson Hall classroom
Days and Times
Tu/Th 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., 3 credits
Course Description

This course will take you on a journey across East Asia, exploring the cultural and linguistic diversity of the region. Through the lens of the language varieties spoken in China, Japan, and Korea, we will discuss linguistic issues pertaining to sounds, words, and structures. By doing so, we will understand that what we typically call “a language”, e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, is in fact a multi-faceted reality that includes a variety of languages. We will also discuss and analyze contemporary sociolinguistic issues including language policies geared towards promotion (or containment) of multilingualism within a country, preservation of endangered languages, and treatment of linguistic minorities. Through a mix of interactive lectures, fun groupwork, and in-class presentations followed by plenary discussion, we will learn to use East Asian languages as a window to understand language and cultural diversity and how it reflects on language acquisition, communication, and language policies.

Instructor: Alex Cherici

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