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GRMN/LING 3770

Heritage German: Language Change and Language Shift
Credit Hours:
3

Over the course of the semester, we will concern ourselves with the topic of heritage languages. A heritage language is acquired in the home, but spoken in a community, region, or country where it is not the majority variety. In part, the topic focuses on the social circumstances surrounding a heritage community, including immigration, migration, and the community structures that influence language use. At the same time, heritage languages exist in a bilingual, multi-lingual, or bi-dialectal setting, and as such provide rare opportunities to study inter-and intra-speaker variation, as well as rule-governed grammatical change over time. We will engage broadly with the methodologies, theories (and assumptions) associated with heritage languages and their speakers, with an eye towards an empirical study of the subject.

As a course in the Writing Intensive Program, we will focus on a variety of writing skills, as students learn to write and read critically in the genre. This course pre-supposes an introductory to intermediate knowledge of German. The language of instruction with be English, though the use of German is certainly allowed.

Spring 2022

MWF  1:45-2:35

Dr. Joshua Bousquette

Prerequisites:
GRMN 2002 (or equivalent)
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Instructors of this Course

Associate Professor of Germanic Studies & Linguistics

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