Examination of linguistic conflict and rights, as well as centrality of language rights to human rights and personal/cultural identity. Basic facts without language related to identify, culture, attitudes, dialects, bilingualism. Case studies (local, national, international) with particular attention to nationalism, language revitalization, language planning.
Ethnolinguistic factors are becoming increasingly apparent in global conflicts in the 21st century, and must be taken into account alongside religious, ideological, economic, environmental, and resource bases of conflicts. Ethnolinguistic nationalism is resurgent in the face of globalism, and centuries' old ethnolinguistic rivalries of Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia (temporarily papered over by European colonialism and UN imposed post-colonial borders) have once again come bursting forth. This course is intended to provide such a perspective on human conflict.
Linguistics offers concurrence for the course changes for (i.e. cross-listing of) POLI 240/LING 240.
Director, Linguistics Program