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Language and Society: Sociolinguistics From A German Language Perspective (6 points)


Leader: Heinz Kreutz and Anna Deumert

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)

Synopsis: The German language as a productive area of investigation from a sociolinguistic perspective. Issues of language and society, politics and education will be discussed. The new role of the German language in a socioculturally and politically much changed Europe will be addressed in detail, with particular relevance to questions of language and national identity, pluricentricity and diglossia, the German language and German unity, migrant German and foreigner German, and the national and international status of the German language.

Assessment: Essay (1800-2000 words, in English or German): 40% + Class paper: 10% + Examination (1 hour): 30% + 3 practical homework exercises: 20%

Contact Hours: 3 hours (1 x lecture and 2 x seminar) per week

Prerequisites: Advanced German Studies II, part 2 or above; or equivalent

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