Courses: Language and Identity-Politics of Lang Eur&Eurasia (RUSSB575001)

Spring 2009

Class Number: 1304
Provides a brief general introduction to the study of language policy
and language planning in the countries of the world with special
emphasis on the Russophone world, the Newly Independent States of the
Former Soviet Union. The course begins with a survey of current
theoretical approaches to bilingualism and language shift (degrees of
bilingualism and multilingualism, types of bilingualism, diglossia;
concepts and causes of language shift; the role of mother tongue,
second language, and foreign language in this process). The seminar
will then turn its attention to Soviet language and nationality policy
with analysis of published census data from the Soviet period through
1989. The final focus of the seminar will fall on the current
"language situation" and policy challenges for the renewal of
functioning native languages and cultures and maintenance of essential
second language competencies, lingua franca both within the Russian
Federation and in the "Near Abroad."

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1304


Russian (Web site)

Taught By

Davidson,Dan E.


Bryn Mawr, RCCON

Meeting Times

W 2:00pm-4:00pm