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Multilingualism and Modern Languages

Module Code: LN304
Module Name: Multilingualism and Modern Languages
Module Coordinator: TBC
Not Running 2018-19
Module Credits: 15

Module Description

This module will discuss the roles and the uses of modern languages in contemporary societies in light of their geographical fragmentation as well as transnational status. Taking a sociolinguistic perspective, students will explore key issues relating to the rich multilingualism of Europe, its repertoires and its minority languages. The module will also present French, German, Italian and Spanish in a range of settings that challenge their characterization as European languages – for instance against the backdrop of global Englishes – looking at multilingual practices and linguistic behaviours in various parts of the world where these languages come into contact with others.

This module will be offered across the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. By carrying out a small research project involving speakers of their languages of specialization, students will develop a set of research skills in relation to language in society. The aim is to approach critically the planning and methods involved in the collection and analysis of sociolinguistic data and to acquire a first-hand understanding of languages and their current uses. Students will also be encouraged to reflect upon their previous direct experiences during the year abroad and to question assumptions related to linguistic borders/boundaries, territoriality and monolingualism.

Assessment Method:

2000 word essay (50%)
1500 word research Project (40%)
7-8 minute presentation based on research project (10%)