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2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
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LLS 1304 - Dynamics of Language and Globalization

Credits: 3 hrs
Imagine for a moment a world without language! What makes human language unique from other species’ ways of communication? What are the underlying similarities in human languages? How does the language we speak define us? Does the internet bring the world’s languages together? Does globalization threaten or safeguard the world’s languages? This seminar invites you to discuss the role of language in the 21st century by critically examining current communication issues across cultural, political and geographical boundaries. Among the topics discussed to answer these questions are issues of identity; the spread of English and its acculturation to local contexts of use; youths’ creativity in language mixing; language in global pop cultures; language in cyberspace; as well as minority language experiences and loss of indigenous languages.