MW5 - Prof. Anderson
Language can be used to exert power, as well as to subvert power. This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts in sociolinguistics/linguistic anthropology, such as dialects and linguistic identity, and current issues of language in social power structures. Students will examine the role of language in imperialism and decolonization, with special attention to areas once colonized by the Russian Empire, throughout Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and Siberia. Students will gain a critical understanding of how language choice and usage impact identity, particularly in newly independent nations, such as Ukraine, Latvia and Kazakhstan. Students will also learn how languages can differ in social status, how their status can change over time, how national language policies are established, and how these policies can differently affect speakers of various languages.

All readings and discussion in English. No prerequisites. Fulfills Core requirement CCD-1.