LING20070 Minority & Endangered Languages

Academic Year 2020/2021

It is widely accepted that more than half of the 6,900 or so languages that exist are in danger of dying within a few generations. The topics examined in this course include the assessment of the vitality or level of endangerment of language, the factors that contribute to language endangerment and to language shift, language revitalisation, language rights and policies, language attitudes, language loss/death, parallels between language endangerment and global species endangerment.This module forms part of the BA programme for Linguistics.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course students should be able to
-locate up-to-date descriptions, information and documents concerning linguistic situations globally, and evaluate such documentation
-explore the literature on a range of topics involving minority and endangered languages
-compare diverse linguistic situations
-explore the complexity of multi-lingual situations
-evaluate different approaches to determining the vitality or the level of endangerment of a language

Indicative Module Content:

World languages: major languages, minority languages, endangered languages
Assessing language vitality
Linguistic rights, Language policies, language attitudes
Language shift, reversing Language shift, language loss
Patterns of language diversity, the biodiversity metaphor

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Enquiry-based learning, reflective learning
Student (group) presentations, blogs; Critical writing
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Blog post Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Blog post Week 3 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Presentation or blog post Varies over the Trimester n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Mrs Eva Kilar-Magdziarz Tutor