2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
MODL3650 Minoritised Languages, Dialects and Cultures from Past to Present
20 creditsClass Size: 24
Module manager: Chiara La Sala
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryThis module will investigate attitudes towards minoritised languages, dialects and varieties in the UK and beyond. The module will start by focusing on the problematic nature of terms like language, minority language, and dialect, and how they refer to different linguistic contexts. We explore the status of minoritised languages during the rise of the nation-state in the 19th-20th centuries and examine of contemporary attitudes towards them; the module will show that there is a perceived link between language and identity, which becomes a key factor in determining a positive attitude towards these varieties. Special attention will be dedicated to policies to safeguard minoritised languages and the positive and negative effects of technology and globalization on minoritised languages and cultures.
ObjectivesNation-states have a complex and evolving linguistic situation, in which local, regional or nonstandard language varieties face increasing competition from standard forms. This module examines issues surrounding minoritised languages and cultures at both global and local levels, taking a critical and interdisciplinary approach that encompasses critical viewpoints from sociolinguistics, history, and socio-cultural studies. Lectures and seminars will explore the sociocultural context for minoritised languages and cultures across the world, and how language plays a part in issues of inclusivity, bias, and (de)colonisation. On completion of this module, students should understand the social and historical factors that lead to some language varieties becoming minoritised, and the social and cultural implications of linguistic diversity and inequality; they should also be able to demonstrate skills in qualitative research methods and podcasting.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Show an understanding of key concepts and terminology from a range of disciplines, including history, linguistics/languages, politics, area studies, and cultural studies and the ability to draw these together to approach themes of the module in an interdisciplinary way;
2. Engage critically with a variety of theoretical approaches to study sociolinguistic and sociocultural theories related to minoritized languages and cultures, synthesising material from a range of sources;
3. Demonstrate skills in qualitative data collection and analysis;
4. Conduct both independent and team-based research and communicate the research results effectively in multimodal forms;
5. Demonstrate skills in presentation (oral and written), digital technology, audio-visual presentation
The aim of the module is to introduce to students to the complex phenomenon of minoritised language varieties in the UK and beyond, including historical origins in settler colonialism and the rise of the nation-state in the 19th -20th centuries. On completion of the module students will be able to understand concepts and terminology around standard vs non-standard languages, indigenous vs settler, dialect vs accent vs variety, heritage languages and multilingualism, linguistic discrimination and accent bias, language endangerment and extinction. Students will master their analytical skills by doing an informed analysis of a specific case study.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||180.00|
|Total Contact hours||20.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyPreparation for lectures (3.5 hours per taught week, 70 hours)
Preparation for seminars (2 hours per week in alternate week, 20 hours)
Completion of non-assessed formative assignments (30 hours)
Preparation for Independent research project (2000 words) (30 hours)
Preparation for group podcasting project (30 hours)
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackRegular formative feedback will be provided at lectures, seminars and arranged one-to-one appointments. The two assessments (group and individual qualitative research projects) will receive written and audio feedback and, upon request, separate oral feedback during a personal meeting.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Essay or Dissertation||Independent research project (2000 words)||50.00|
|Group Project||Group podcast project (10-12 minutes)||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Individual and group projects based on qualitative research (interview and/or questionnaire data) with participants who are members of minoritised communities. Ethical approval for collection and analysis of data to be sought as part of the Linguistics Block Approval, or if this is not possible, we will seek ethical approval at module level separately.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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