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Language, People and Boundaries

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Module description

This module is taught by several members of staff, each contributing a personal area of expertise. There are three criss-crossing themes within the module. The first theme addresses the boundaries that are traditionally considered to exist between languages, examining the way such boundaries are challenged by the influences of the globalisation of communicative practices, and contact between diverse groups. The second theme considers the impact of national boundaries on the representations of languages and their speakers, examining the effects of classifications such as ‘national’, ‘regional’ and ‘minority’ languages, and considering the experiences of speakers of ‘transnational’ languages. The final theme deals with the institutional boundaries that create a mismatch between the way language is used and the way it is expected to be used in certain contexts such as schools. We consider the experiences of people whose home languages are not recognised in the public domain, both in the UK and in developing, postcolonial countries, and we discuss different issues such as ‘bilingual education’ and ‘linguistic human rights’.

Assessment details

One 4,000 word essay (worth 100%) 

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