Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Language and Society in the Middle East
N305 | 15991 | Balim


The course discusses the interaction between peoples and the
languages they use in the Middle East, and will acquaint the
students with the contemporary theories, concepts and approaches
used in analysis.
The course will help the students to have a holistic view of the
area, its peoples and languages.
Students will be expected to work with their own language interests
and countries of interest, when preparing papers.

Assessment will be a combination of book / essay summaries, class
presentations/ discussions and a final paper. Graduate and
undergraduate requirements (reading list and assessment) will differ.

Sample topics that the course will cover are:

Language planning:
selection of a ‘national’ language by the states, standardization,
modernization, educational practices; alphabet changes

Language policies:
language and identity; language and nationalism; problems of
language policies: minorities and bilingual education

Language, power and conflict:
use of language as an instrument of an ideology; language of
politicians; language and war

Language contact:
language change caused by contact and migration