LING 521 - Language Maintenance, Preservation and Revitalization

This course examines potential ways to avert the massive language endangerment and death the world is experiencing. A variety of approaches and methods are considered, including linguistic documentation, teaching language courses, immersion (pre)schools, and the master-apprentice program. The course also covers ethical issues, goals of communities, and the balance between linguists and communities. Graduate-level requirements include 2 additional writing assignments, additional readings, and a longer (25 page) research paper.