Slavic Languages and Literatures | Sociolinguistic Issues in Post-Yugoslavia
L601 | 31024 | Franks


This course will examine the function of language as a symbol of
national identity and the politics of language with an emphasis on
S.E. Europe, e.g. former Yugoslavia, both before and after its
disintegration. We will discuss theoretical aspects of language policy
and language planning, as well as the role of language in the
construction of national identities in general. We will apply these
concepts and principles in a study of language policies in the former
Yugoslavia, the role of language in the conflicts accompanying the
breakup of the Yugoslav state, and the ongoing construction of
separate linguistic identities in the various successor states.
Special attention will be paid to the role of government, media, and
other institutions in formulating and implementing language policies.