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Linguistics : Endangered Languages

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

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

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

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


Experts estimate that most of the 6,000 languages spoken in the world today will vanish before the end of this century. With rates of language extinction over the next one hundred years ranging from 50% to 90%, language endangerment is a serious concern, not only for linguists and language planners but for the speakers themselves.

This course will explore the social process and linguistic effects of language death from the perspectives of the community, the scientist, and other stakeholders. Students will learn how and why languages become endangered, thus developing an understanding of the motivations of language shift, the role of language documentation, and the different responses to language endangerment, including revitalisation strategies, the question of standardisation, and the use of technologies.


BA exams may be taken in connection with this class
(see special requirements for BA exams)

Exigences du cursus d'études

Introduction to English Language and Linguistics (IELL)
Development of the English Language (DEL)

Anglais au moins niveau B2

Informations supplémentaires


Canton de Vaud
Swiss University
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