Multilingualism

Module code: EN7115
Module co-ordinator: Chryso Hadjidemetriou

The module will explore bilingual/multilingual data and communities in the UK and around the world. You will develop an advanced understanding of linguistic diversity and bi/multilingualism within the UK and elsewhere. The module will examine the interrelationships between language and culture, the reasons of language maintenance, language shift, language endangerment, and language death.

You will be required to carry out thorough investigations of case studies related to the topics examined during the module with primary data collection and analysis. A list of project topics are provided to assist you in the assessment preparation with the option of devising a new project topic pending approval from the tutor.

Topics Covered

On successful completion of the module, you should have an advanced knowledge of issues in bilingual/multilingual studies and research. You will be able to conduct independently primary data collection to investigate topics in individual and societal multilingualism (for example, code-switching or issues in language maintenance and shift in multilingual communities within the UK or elsewhere). You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the sociolinguistic characteristics of a multilingual community under investigation resulting from fieldwork.     

The module will cover topics in individual and societal bilingualism/multilingualism in the 21st century, focusing on case studies from multilingual communities in the UK and elsewhere.

Learning

  • 5 two-hour seminars

Assessment

  • One 500 word research proposal (including bibliography) (10%)
  • One 3,500 word essay on one of five topics provided by the tutor (90%)