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LING2065 Endangered Languages

Prof. Umberto Ansaldo

Advanced Course (4-year curriculum)/Senior course (3-year curriculum). Sem 1, 6 credits
Venue: CPD-LG.09, Tuesday, 13:30-15:20

Course Description

This course introduces students to current issues in the field of endangered languages. Students gain an understanding of current theories of language change, shift and death. We examine the nexus between globalisation and loss of linguistic diversity, as well as the tension between modernity and decrease of minor traditional cultures. Students tackle current responses and methodologies involved in language documentation and language revival which aim at slowing down, or preserving, endangered languages. We also discuss skeptical responses to the discourse of endangerment and analyse their foundations. After this course students will be able to understand the reasons that cause language use to change and languages to die out. They will be able to engage in the basic practices of documentation, and have a nuanced understanding of the methods used in revitalization.

Course Details

Textbook All reading can be found on the HKU Moodle
Internet links We will explore internet links together as the course moves along


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