SUM 2013 LING Elective: NEAR E 496 F: Language, Conflict, and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa

Still looking for a Linguistics elective to take this Summer?  Consider NEAR E 496 F: Language, Conflict, and Identity in the Middle East and North Africa.

Course Description

This course explores social and linguistic aspects of the languages and cultures of the Middle East and North Africa. The central goal of the course is to introduce students to the interplay between social and linguistic variables in the context of the Middle East from a contemporary sociolinguistic perspective. The course examines the interaction of language and social variables such as class, ethnicity, gender, and education. We will explore the relationship between language and national/ethnic identity from the perspective of intra- and intergroup conflict. The course also touches on politicolinguistic issues in the region such as language planning, linguistic conflict, and linguistic rights, as well as considering how language policies and practices in colonial and postcolonial states evolved. Additionally, we observe the effects of colonialism on modern language policy and planning, as well as institutional language reform and individual strategies of accommodation and resistance to these policies.

Other issues include how language use relates to the sense of belonging to a national or local entity, and the concept of social identity. We will also look at identity politics and ethnic conflict, and the conflict between official languages and linguistic minorities.

These topics have been discussed by scholars from a variety of disciplines, including history, linguistics, political science and sociology. In this course, the contributions of these disciplines will enhance our understanding of language use as we focus on the Arabic-speaking countries of the Middle East and North Africa.

NEAR E   496  SPECIAL STUDIES (VLPA/I&S)
12612 F  5 TTh 1020-130 SAV  141 ELKHAFAIFI,HUSSEIN M.
           B-term                   
           "LANGUAGE, CONFLICT, & IDENTITY IN         
           THE MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA"    
           NO PREREQ

Note:  The Linguistics degree audit (DARS) will not automatically recognize this course as an approved linguistics elective.  If you register for the course and don’t see it counting towards your Linguistics electives in DARS, please email Linguistics Advising.

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