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Language and Identity

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Anita Auer
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2017 -> 2017

Pas d'horaire défini.


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

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


Upon completion of the course students should be able to
- analyse and interpret contextualised findings as well as current concerns and challenges in the study of language and identity;
- understand key concepts in the research field of language and identity, particularly with respect to different theoretical and methodological approaches;
- apply existing theoretical frameworks and models in new settings and contexts, and critically evaluate the new applications of those theories;
- compile/collect datasets and use them appropriately in order to shed light on the research field of language and identity;
- present their research results both orally and in written form (at the appropriate academic level).


This course explores the important role that language plays in the construction of social identities, e.g. how do we enact and contest our often culturally determined subject position through discourses and communicative interactions. Particular attention will be paid to the intricate relationship between language and the formation of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, nationality, diaspora, and religious identities; e.g. (a) is every national group entitled to have its own unique language? or (b) what does it mean to sound gay? In this course, you will be familiarised with different linguistic frameworks and methods that allow you to investigate the relationship between language, culture and identity.


Details regarding evaluation will be discussed in the first class of this course. The information will be provided on Moodle.


Course reading consists of a range of different articles; details can be found on the course moodle page.

Exigences du cursus d'études

- At least C1-level (Common European Framework of Reference). - BA degree and knowledge of (English) linguistics.

Informations supplémentaires


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