Foreign Language 3320 Spring 2014

Language & Cultures of Europe

11:30 - 12:20 MWF

EH 403


Module 1

Language & Sociolinguistics

Dr. Tom Mathews      EH 420

(801) 626-6345

Office Hours: 10:30-11:20 daily or by appointment

    • Students are expected to complete reading assignments BEFORE coming to class. Click on the title of the reading to open a PDF; this requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free program.
    • There will be an occasional quiz, either oral or written, to verify that the reading is being done.
    • Grades will be based on 1) participation (readings, class discussion and quizzes), 2) a 5 to 8 page paper on a topic chosen by the student, and 3) a 15 to 20 minute presentation on the paper topic.

• It is suggested that students choose a topic for the paper/presentation by Jan. 25.

Working in pairs is permitted and encouraged.




M Jan. 6 Introductions  


Jan. 7

What is language?


1 Pinker, Steven. (2000). The infinite library. Chapter 1 in Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language (pp. 1-19). New York: Harper Perennial.


Jan. 10

Language Variation

Dialects, register


Look at:
Ethnologue: Summer Institute of Linguistics





Jan. 13



Jan. 15

Political Correctness

2 Mathews, T. J. (1995). Avoiding sexist language in composition: Complementary solutions in Spanish and English . Mid-Atlantic Journal of Foreign Language Pedagogy, Spring 1995, pp. 72- 82


Jan. 17

Language Development

History of language change 

3 Katzner, Kenneth. (1986). Language families of the world. Part I in The Languages of the World (pp. 1-18). London: Routledge.

4 Jeffers, Robert J., & Lehiste, Ilse. (1986). Language contact and linguistic change. Chapter 9 in Principles and Methods for Historical Linguistics (pp. 138-159). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.



Jan. 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day



Jan. 22

History of written language

5 Coulmas, Florian. (1989). What writing is all about. Chapter 1 in The Writing Systems of the World (pp. 3-16). Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

6 Gaur, Albertine. (1992). What is writing and who needs it?; Language and writing. In A History of Writing (pp. 14-17: 33-34). New York: Cross River Press.


Jan. 24

The Birth of Languages


7 Bicketron, Derek. (1981). Pidgin into Creole. Chapter 1 in Roots of Language (pp. 1-42). Ann Arbor: Karoma Publishers.



Jan. 27





Jan. 29

Language & Culture

The Sapir Whorf Hypothesis

8 Pinker, Steven. (1995). Mentalese. Chapter 3 in The Language Instinct (pp. 55-82). New York: Harper Perennial.


Jan. 30





Feb. 3

In class presentations



Feb. 5

In class presentations  

Feb. 7

In class presentations  

Feb. 10

Module I papers are due




Baker, Colin. (1988). Key Issues in Bilingualism and Bilingual Education. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Chaika, Elaine. (1994). Language: The Social Mirror. (3rd ed.). Boston: Heinle & Heinle.

Coulmas, Florian. (1989). The Writing Systems of the World. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.

Cummins, Jim., & Swain, Merrill. (1986). Bilingualism in Education: Aspects of Theory, Research and Practice. New York: Longman.

Eldering, Lotty, & Kloprogge, Jo. (Eds.). (1989). Different Cultures Same School: Ethnic Minority Children in Europe. Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger.

Ellis, Rod. (2000). Second Language Acquisition. In the series Oxford Introductions to Language Study, H. G. Widdowson, Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Extra, Guss, & Verhoeven, Ludo. (Eds.). (1993). Immigrant Languages in Europe. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Extra, Guss, & Yagmur, Kutlay. (Eds.). (2004). Urban Multilingualism in Europe: Immigrant Minority Languages at Home and School. Clevedon, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Fasold, Ralph. (1984). The Sociolinguistics of Society. London: Basil Blackwell.

Gaur, Albertine. (1992). A History of Writing. New York: Cross River Press.

Hockett, Charles F. (1958). A Course in Modern Linguistics. New York: Macmillan.

Jeffers, Robert J., & Lehiste, Ilse. (1986). Principles and Methods for Historical Linguistics. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Katzner, Kenneth. (1986). The Languages of the World. London: Routledge.

Mitchell, Rosamond, & Myles, Florence. (1998). Second Language Learning Theories. London: Arnold.

Nakanishi, Akira. (1980). Writing Systems of the World: Alphabets, Syllabaries, Pictograms. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle.

Pinker, Steven. (1995). The Language Instinct. New York: Harper Perennial.

Pinker, Steven. (2000). Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language. New York: Harper Perennial.

Pinker, Steven. (2002). The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature. New York: Viking.

Shopen, Timothy. (1988). Languages and Their Status. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press.

Trudgill, Peter. (1986). Dialects in Contact. London: Basil Blackwell.

Wardhaugh, Ronald. (1987). Languages in Competition: Dominance, Diversity, and Decline. London: Basil Blackwell.