Language and Society in the
NELC N-695/ N-305
Weekly lecture/seminarProfessor Çiğdem Balım Harding
The course discusses the interaction between peoples and the languages they use in the
The course will help the students to have a holistic view of the area, its peoples and languages.
Students will be expected to work with their own language interests and countries of interest when preparing papers.
Assessment will be a combination of book / essay summaries, class presentations/ discussions and a final paper. Graduate and undergraduate requirements (reading list and assessment) will differ.
Sample topics that the course will cover are:
- Language planning and language policies: selection of a ‘national’ language by the states; standardization, modernization; educational practices; alphabet changes