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Breakdown of topics for each week
Week 2
Introduction to sociolinguistics
Linguistics & sociolinguistics
Different approaches to language and society
Key terms in sociolinguistics
Study questions:
1. How do you define a bilingual person? Why?
2. How and why do you define yourself a bilingual?
3. How has your bilingualism changed since your childhood? What factors do you think
led to the development of your bilingualism?
Week 3
Language use & the individual
The nature of language: monolingualism, bilingualism, semilingualism
Definitions and criteria
Competence vs. communicative competence
Baker, C. (2001) Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (Chapter 1)
http://books.google.com/books?id=lJd-27Vu66AC&pg=PT433&dq=bilingualism&lr=&as_brr=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false
Hamer, J.F. & Blanc, M.H.A. (1990) Bilinguality and Bilingualism. (Chapter 1)
Wei, L. (ed.) 2000. The bilingualism reader. London: Routledge. (Chapter 1)
Task:
1. Look at the answers you have written to the questions given in Week 2 above. Revise
them in the light of what you have learned from the lectures and the seminar
discussion during this week, i.e. Week 3.
2. How do you think the monolingual bias and the bias of the autonomous linguistics is
reflected in the way bilingualism is defined? In answering, keep in mind the
discussion about the nature of language and the nature of the use of language during
the seminar and in relation to the Container Metaphor/ Model (vis-a-vis balanced
bilingualism & semilingualism).
Week 4
Language use & the family
Language use in the families in predominantly monolingual & bilingual societies

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The typology of case studies of family bilingualism
Harding, E. & Riley, P. (1986) The Bilingual Family. Cambridge: CUP
Romaine, S. (1995) Bilingualism. Oxford: Blackwell.(Chapter 5)
http://books.google.com/books?id=zp5xiFa_TXQC&printsec=frontcover&dq=bilingualism&lr=&as_brr=0#v=onepage&q=
&f=false
Study questions:
1. According to Romaine’s typology, what factors play significant role in the
development of simultaneous and sequential bilingualism? What role does the
language use in the family play in that?
2. How has your own sociolinguistic socialisation been shaped by the language use in
your family? In what ways, has Romaine’s typology helped in understanding that?
Seminar Task:
Describe language use in your family with the help of a network diagram. What language(s)
do your family members use with each other and why? In the context of your family, what
functions (practical or emotional) does each language or dialect serves for you? How does
your understanding of language use in the family help you to understand the development of
your own bilingualism? Revise your answers to the questions from the second week, in the
light of your understanding about language use in the family.
Week 5
Language use & the community
Diglossia & monolingualism
Diglossia & bilingualism
Language Attitudes
Fasold, R. (1984) The Sociolinguistics of Society. Oxford: Blackwell (Chapter 2)
http://books.google.com/books?id=psIn20r3NqYC&dq=the+sociolinguistics+of+society,+fasold&printsec=frontcover&sour
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book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false
Baker, C. (2001) Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (pp. 44-48)
http://books.google.com/books?id=lJd-27Vu66AC&pg=PT433&dq=bilingualism&lr=&as_brr=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false
Study questions:
1. What is the difference between ‘diglossia & monolingualism’ and ‘diglossia &
bilingualism? For ‘diglossia & bilingualism’, keep in mind the terms ‘double overlapping
diglossia’, ‘double-nested diglossia’ and ‘linear ployglossia’.
2. What is the relationship between diglossia & language attitudes?
3. What is Fishman’s model of ‘Bilingualism & Diglossia’?

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 Breakdown of topics for each week Week 2 Introduction to sociolinguistics Linguistics & sociolinguistics Different approaches to language and society Key terms in sociolinguistics Study questions: 1. How do you define a bilingual person? Why? 2. How and why do you define yourself a bilingual? 3. How has your bilingualism changed since your childhood? What factors do you think led to the development of your bilingualism? Week 3 Language use & the individual The nature of language: monolingualism, bilingualism, semilingualism Definitions and criteria Competence vs. communicative competence Baker, C. (2001) Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters. (Chapter 1) http://books.google.com/books?id=lJd-27Vu66AC&pg=PT433&dq=bilingualism&lr=&as_brr=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false Hamer, J.F. & Blanc, M.H.A. (1990) Bilinguality and Bilingualism. (Chapter 1) Wei, L. (ed.) 2000. The bilingualism reader. London: Routledge. (Chapter 1) Task: 1. Look at the answers you have written to the questions given in Week 2 above. Revise them in the light of what you have learned from the lectures and the seminar discussion during this week, i.e. Week ...
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