School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Language in the USA

Module code: LIN035

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Friday 1 pm - 3 pm

Contact: To Be Confirmed
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: LIN4200

This module addresses language issues in the US, particularly language policy issues and related cultural attitudes. As we study official and unofficial language legislation in America, matters of language and identity, attitude, and discrimination will be explored. We will examine the 'official English' question, Native American language history, the Ebonics controversy, and issues concerning American Sign Language, the language of most Deaf Americans, among other issues. The relation to policy and government practice (including immigration exclusion acts and census language) will be noted. The module includes a review of the linguist's view of language, points about how language relates to society in general, and a brief history of language legislation since colonial times.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 70.0% Coursework, 30.0% Practical
Level: 5