Module Information

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Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
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Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 Hours
Seminars / Tutorials 10 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment ORALS  Lead 2 seminars  Seminar Presentation:  25%
Semester Assessment ESSAY  Essay: 1 x 5000 word essay  75%
Supplementary Assessment RESUBMIT ESSAY, IF FAILED  100%

Learning Outcomes

demonstrate that they have acquired a knowledge and understanding of the major theoretical issues raised during the module;

discuss critically the debates surrounding issues of language and power;

write about theories and issues in a well structured and well-argued way;

undertake further postgraduate research.

Brief description

The main aims of this course are:

1. To consider in depth the nature of linguistic and socio-linguistic norms of German and the mechanisms by which they are created and maintained.
2. To familiarise students with sociolinguistic debates relating to the above topic.
3. To introduce students to theoretical issues relating to the above topic (e.g. situative appropriacy, difference and deficit, power and solidarity)
4. To encourage student to engage with issues of language and power.

Reading List

Recommended Text
Ammon, U Aspects of dialect and school in the Federal Republic of Germany. In Cheshire J. et al., Dialect and Education: Some European perspectives. Clevedon, Philadelphia, Adelaide: Multilingual Matters, pp. 113-38 Primo search Blommaert, J (ed) (1999) Language Ideological Debates Berlin, New York: Moputon de Gruyter Primo search Bourdieu, P (1991) Language and Symbolic Power. Edited and introduced by John B Thompson Cambridge: Polity Press Primo search Cameron, D (1995) Verbal Hygiene London, New York: Routledge Primo search Davies, W V (2000) A critique of some common assumptions in German work on language and education, Hall, C & D Rock. Proceedings of the 62nd Conference of University Teachers of German 1999. Bern, Frankfurt: Peter Lang, pp. 207-22 Primo search Davies, W V (1995) Linguistic Variation and Language Attitudes in Mannheim-Neckarau Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Primo search Debus, F et al (1986) Sprachliche Normen und Normierungsfolgen in der DDER (Germanistische Linguistik 82-83, 1985) Hildesheim, Zurich, New York: Olms Verlag Primo search Durrell, M (1999) Standardsprache in England und Deutschland Zeitschrift fur germanistische Linguistik 27: 285-308 Primo search Fairclough, N (1992) Critical Language Awareness. London, New York: Longman Primo search Leisi I/ Leisi E (1993) Sprach-Knigge Gunter Narr Verlag Primo search Mattheier, K et al (1993) Vielfalt des Deutschen. Festschrift fur Werner Besch. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, etc Primo search Milroy, J; Milroy, L Authority in Language: Investigating language prescription and standardisation 2nd London: Routledge Primo search Mittelstrasse, J (1989) Wohin geht die Sprache? Hanns-Martin Schleyer-Stiftung Primo search Niedzielski, N A/Preston, D R (2000) Folk Linguistics de Gruyter: Berlin, New York Primo search Ryan, E B Why do low-prestige language varieties persist? In H Giles & R N St. Clair (eds) Language and Social Psychology Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Stemmler, T (1999) Stemmlers kleine Stillehre. Insel Verlag Primo search Trabold, A/Frank-Cyrus, K (1999) Forderung der Sprachkultur in Deutschland. Gesellschaft fur deutsche Sprache Primo search Wardhaugh, R (1999) Proper English. Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Wimmer, R (ed) Sprachkultur (=Jahrbuch 1984 des Instituts fur deutsche Sprache). Dusseldorf: Schwann Primo search von Polenz, P (1999) Deutsche Sprachgeschichte vom Spatmittelalter bis zur Gegenwart. Bd III: 19 and 20. Jahrundert. Berlin: de gruyter Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7