Language and Politics: Making and Unmaking of Nations|
Fall 2021 not offered
This course explores the key topics at the intersection of language and politics, including language choice, linguistic correctness, (self-)censorship and hate speech, the performance of ethnic and national identity in language, gender politics and "powerful" language, rhetoric and propaganda, and changing conceptions of written language, driven in part by technological advances. One of the examples of such topics is "Tweet Politics" or "Incivility on the Web" around the globe. This course consists of three modules. In the first two modules the above-mentioned topics will be discussed in general, while in the last module we will see how preferences in language policies and politics played a significant role in "making and unmaking of nations" in different parts of the world, from South Asia to East Asia to North America.
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Language and Politics by John E. Joseph, Edinburgh University Press (2009); selected readings and articles.
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