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Semester and Year Offered: 5th Semester (Monsoon Semester 2019)
Course Coordinator and Team: Akha Kaihrii Mao, Monishita H. Pande and Ipshita H. Sasmal
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-requisites: Semester 4
Course Objectives/ Description: this course aims to sensitise students to linguistic diversity in India and understand how plurality can be strength.
Course Outcomes: This course will enable students to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
1. Languages in India: This module will introduce students to the multilingual and pluri-ethnic Indian context in which the learners operate in everyday life. They will be able to understand the complexity of language diversity and its effect on human interactions by engaging with questions around multilingualism, mother tongue and status of languages in society.
2. Language and society
This module will introduce students to how language use is influenced by various social factors such as class, socio-economic status, educational background etc. The complex interactions between social variables and language will be the primary focus. The distinction between linguistic egalitarianism versus social perceptions and prestige attached to language use will be discussed within a sociolinguistic framework focusing on concepts such as dialect, variety, diglossia, standard vs nonstandard, oral vs written form etc.
3. The Politics of language
This module will discuss the debates around language policy in India. The status of English, Hindi and regional languages will be discussed with an intention to sensitise students to the questions around ‘national’ vs ‘official’ language and issues such as attempts to homogenise language use in a diverse country like India. Some case studies will be included to discuss issues around this module.
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