Social settings involving interaction between speakers of different languages and/or dialects can lead to language change. This course explores such “contact-induced” language change in terms of:
(i) different social contexts, such as multilingual societies, immigration, colonisation, trade, cultural hegemony; and
(ii) different sociolinguistic processes, including accommodation, code-switching, borrowing (copying) of vocabulary, adaptation of linguistic structure, dialect leveling (koineisation), language shift, creation of new languages through pidginisation and language mixing.
Students are introduced to theories and models of language contact and learn how to use them to analyse and understand linguistic data from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. The course will focus on language settings in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, but will also consider case studies from other areas of the world.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- understand and evaluate current models and theories of language contact;
- critically read and assess research papers on language contact scenarios and models;
- identify different sociolinguistic processes and their role in contact-induced language change;
- analyse linguistic data within a speaker-based model of language contact;
- reflect on and articulate how multilingual social settings influence everyday language use.
Indicative AssessmentTwo assignments 1,000 words total (20%, LOs 1, 2, 3, 4)
2,500 word essay (35%, LOs 1-5)
2.5 hour examination (35%, LOs 1-5)
tutorial participation (10%, LOs 1-5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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