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Postgraduate Course: Language and Identity in Bilingual Settings (LASC11008)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryAn advanced study of bi / multilingualism (hereafter 'bilingualism') as a sociolinguistic phenomenon. The course focuses on macro-societal patterns of language use in bilingual communities as well as on micro-interactional language choices. It examines aspects of language shift and maintenance and of language policy and planning in bilingual communities.
Course description This course examines issues in bilingualism as sociolinguistic and interactional phenomena. The aim is to understand bilingualism as a sociolinguistic phenomenon, looking at its macro-societal level as well as at its interactional dimension. Therefore, the course straddles the area of Sociolinguistics and that of Discourse Analysis. The course covers issues such as the functional distribution of languages in bilingual communities, language choice in bilingual conversation, bilingual interaction in specific settings (e.g. family settings, educational settings, workplace settings), etc.

Week-by-week topics

Week 1: Definition and scope of bilingualism
Week 2: Macro societal patterns of language choice in bilingual communities
Week 3-5: Micro interactional accounts of language choice in bilingual conversation
Week 7: Language policy and planning in bilingual settings
Week 8: Bilingual interaction in educational settings
Week 9: Bilingual interaction in family settings
Week 10: Bilingual interaction in workplace settings
Week 11: Review of the course
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback Lectures, tutorials, take-home assignments and personal reading
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. describe patterns of language choice in bilingual communities both synchronically and diachronically
  2. collect and analyse bilingual interactional data
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between language choice and the construction and expression of social identities
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the role of language choice in the organization of bilingual conversation
  5. demonstrate an understanding of the role of language choice in the accomplishment of various institutional goals
Reading List
An up-to-date list of readings week-by-week will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Some general textbooks
Wei, Li (2000) (ed.) The Bilingualism Reader. London: Routledge (available online)

Myers-Scotton, C. (2006) Multiple Voices: An Introduction to Bilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell.

Auer, P. and Wei, Li (2007) (eds.) Handbook of Multilingualism and Multilingual Communication. Berlin: Mouton de gruyter.

Gafaranga, J. (2007) Talk in Two Languages. Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Mcmillan (e-book available).

Some relevant Journals:
International Journal of Bilingualism
International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Journal of Multilingual of Multicultural development
Journal of Sociolinguistics
Language in Society
Language Problems and Planning
Current Issues in Language Policy and Planning
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical reading and thinking, clarity of expression, evidence-based argumentation, academic report writing
Keywordsbi/multilingualism,diglossia,code-switching,language policy,language shift/maintenance
Course organiserDr Joseph Gafaranga
Tel: (0131 6)50 3496
Course secretaryMrs Elinor Lange
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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