If you are an immigrant or a child of immigrants, struggling with your place between two cultures, this class is for you!
If you have ever wondered about how much our language shapes our sense of self… you guessed it, this class is for you!
It offers multiple perspectives on language and bilingualism. From personal to global, from the linguistic aspects of code-switching to cultural aspects of living in two languages. We study bilingualism as a societal phenomenon (diglossia and language choice, language policies, linguistic identity, language rights, linguistic minorities, etc.), examine how bilingual children acquire two languages, and consider the experiences of bilingual adults. Students do not need to speak a Slavic language. The bilingual experience of emotions and linguistic diversity in the Pacific Northwest are two important topics of the course.