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Multilingualism and Multiculturalism

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Jennifer Thorburn
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre d'automne
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


- Engage with essential concepts and theories related to multilingualism and multiculturalism
- Engage with fundamental sociolinguistic principles
- Engage with relevant literature
- Develop an understanding of how multilingualism works on both individual and societal levels


This course covers topics related to societal and individual multilingualism and multiculturalism. This includes how communities become multilingual through processes of language contact and if and/or how these communities maintain their multilingualism, as well as linguistic minorities, globalisation, and language policy. The linguistic and social outcomes of multilingualism, as well as issues related to language maintenance and revitalisation, will be examined.


Assessment 1 (30%):
You will give a group oral presentation that looks at how issues related to multilingualism and multiculturalism are treated in the media, and compare and contrast this with how they are treated in the sociolinguistic literature. You are expected to use supporting visual aids (poster, PowerPoint presentation, etc.).

Assessment 2 (70%):
You will complete an individual research paper (3,000 (± 10%) words) related to multilingualism.


Weber, Jean-Jacques and Horner, Kristine. 2012. Introducing Multilingualism: A Social Approach. London and New York: Routledge.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics (IDL)

Informations supplémentaires


Canton de Vaud
Swiss University
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