This course deals with the historical development and present situation of the approximately 80 languages spoken in the huge territory between Poland and the East Asian Pacific rim. Sociolinguistic (macrosociolinguistic) aspects will be emphasized. Key concepts include nation and language, language and state, majority and minority languages, historical and emerging languages, linguistic conflict_research, internal and external linguistics, English as a common second language, and economic life and language. Special attention will be paid to contacts with the European Union and the US.
Readings: Statistical Report on the Languages of the World as of 1985, Part III. Bloomington, 1988 (available through the Department).
Days and Time: Arranged.