This module is taught by several members of staff, each contributing a personal area of expertise. The topics included are linked through the consideration of what happens when individuals and groups do not fit in with, or challenge, institutionalised notions of language. 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 digital technologies, 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 children whose home languages are not recognised at school, both in the UK and in developing, postcolonial countries, and we discuss different issues such as ‘bilingual education’ and ‘linguistic human rights’.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
Dr Christina Richardson
Module assessment - more information
(1) One 4,000 word essay (100%)