LANGUAGE IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION
Meeting Time: TTh 12:30pm - 2:20pm
The course discusses the language situation in the Baltic region from 19th century until nowadays in terms of language education, language use, and language research.
Focus will be paid on:
- formation of the state languages and their role in construction of national identity
- development of language teaching tradition (local languages as a first, second and foreign languages)
- language ideology from above (Who decides how language should be taught, used and perceived?) and language management from below (What people actually do with language, how they react to language ideology?)
- language use in various sociolinguistic domains (books, textbooks, TV, radio, internet, cityscapes, public events, religion, home etc.)
- interaction between dominant, prestige, and influential languages and minoritized languages and linguistic varieties (language contacts, concurrence and conflicts)
- the main sociolinguistic surveys of written and oral language, its functionality and perception by locals
Individual work can deepen one of these topics or explore another language issue.