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Language Shift, Change, and Loss
GSAS 214
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: CGST 214

South Asians (India and Pakistan) are multilinguals or at least bilinguals. Most of the world's population is at least bilingual, if not trilingual or more; nevertheless, fluent bilingualism in the United States is relatively uncommon, and biliteracy is even more rare. However, much of the research on language development and bilingualism has been conducted in the United States, even though we (USA) are a "minority world population" in these matters and we interpret the research findings in ways that most of the world's multilingual speakers would find unusual. In this course, we will study both first language and multiple language development. We will look carefully at both simultaneous bilingualism (early bilingualism, bilingualism as a first language, or "bilingualism from the crib") and sequential bilingualism (learning a second language, or more, after the first language is established). We will explore language shift (from mother tongues to majority language), and change and loss from South Asians' perspectives and how these perspectives are different from and similar to the rest of the world, and consider what should be done for language maintenance.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS CGST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (GSAS-MN)(GSAS)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUL-18-2024
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