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Semester and Year Offered: 2nd Semester, 1st Year
Course Coordinator and Team: Amol Padwad & Krishna K Dixit
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
The course is situated in sociolinguistics with themes from history, sociology, cultural studies, literature and politics. Beginning with the notion of language and its key features and functions, the course discusses the concepts of speech communities, language variations and varieties of language. It explores how language reflects and constructs aspects of socio-cultural reality like caste, gender, class, identity to mention a few. The course also introduces the complex inter-relationship between language and culture, and some postulates about the relationship between language and thought. The course ends with discussion of language and politics, both at larger national level and community level. It includes deliberations on how languages support and oppose hegemonic forces, the role of language in global political economy and the challenges and opportunities afforded to language by globalizing forces.
On successful completion of this course students will have begun to:
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Module 1: Language and Speech Communities
This module focuses on the nature of language and the processes by which speech communities come into existence. The key emphasis is on types of speech communities and variations and varieties of language.
Module 2: Language and Society
In this module the focus is on exploring surrounding socio-politico-cultural realities. The key themes emphasized are constructs such as class, caste, gender, identity; gender-specific language variations; and language registers.
Module 3: Language and Culture
The focus of this module is on exploring cultural constructs, language culture interface, language and thought dynamics, multilingualism and multiculturalism.
Module 4: Language and Politics
In this module the emphasis is on understanding language and hegemony, linguistic imperialism, language in globalization, mobility, migrations and language, and geopolitics of language.
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