Module Information

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Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 per week
Seminars / Tutorials 1 per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 5000 word essay  75%
Semester Assessment 2 X ORAL PRESENTATIONS  25%
Supplementary Assessment ESSAY TO BE RESUMBITTED 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

This module will familiarize students with the role and function of language in political processess and discuss aspects of the relationship between language and power.

The main aims are:

1. To consider in depth the role of language in political processes and the relationship between language and politics.
2. To familiarise students with sociolinguistic debates relating to the above topics on the basis of case studies.
3. To introduce students to theoretical issues relating to the above topics (e.g. linguistic relativity, linguistic determinism)
4. To encourage students to engage with issues of language and power

Reading List

Recommended Text
Ahlzweig, C (1994) Muttersprache - Vaterland. Die deutsche und ihre Sprache Opladen Primo search Bauer, G (1988) Sprache und Sprachlosigkeit im "Dritten Reich Koln Primo search Bochman, K (1985) 'Pour une etude comparee de la glottopolitique des fascismes'in: Problemes de glottopolitique, A Winther, Rouen 119-29 Primo search Cameron, D (1992) Feminism and Linguistic Theory 2nd Macmillan Primo search Domarus, M (1965) Hitler. Reden und Proklamationen Munchen Primo search Fairclough, N (1989) Language and Power Harlow Primo search Frank, K (1992) Sprachgewalt. Die sprachliche Reproduktion der Geschlechterhierarchie Tubingen Primo search Hellinger, M (1995) 'Language and gender' in: The German language and the real world ed. by P Stevenson, Oxford, 279-314 Primo search Hellinger, M (1990) Kontrastive feministische Linguistik: Mechanismen sprachlicher Diskriminierung im Englischen und Deutschen Munchen Primo search Hellinger, M (ed) (1985) Sprachwandel und feministische Sprachpolitik Internationale Perspektiven, Opladen Primo search Heringer, H (ed.) (1982) Holzfeuer im holzernen Ofen. Tubingen Primo search Hutton, C (1999) Linguistics and the Third Reich London: New York. Routledge Primo search Johnson, S On the status of female informants in Peter Schlobinski's "Stadsprache Berlin"in Linguistique Berichte, 246-55 Primo search Johnson, S (2000) The cultural politics of the 1998 reform of German orthography German Life and Letter 53: 106-25 Primo search Johnson, S A (1995) Gender, group identity and variation in the Berlin Urban Vernacular Bern Primo search Klemperer, V (1957) Lingua Tertii Imperii - Notizbuch eines Philologen 3 Aufl. Halle Primo search Maas, U (1984) Als der Geist der Gemeinschaft eine Sprache fand Opladen Primo search Martin, V (1997) Der schimpfte mit ihren Schulern. Perspectives on the changing use of the in-suffix, in Littler, M Gendering German Studies, Oxford Primo search Pusch, L (1984) Das Deutsche als Mannersprache Primo search Pusch, L (ed) (1983) Feminismus: Inspektion der Herrenkultur Primo search Samel, I (1995) Einfuhrung in die feministische Sprachwissenschaft Berlin Primo search Schramm, H (ed) Frauensprache - Mannersprache, Frankfurt am Main Primo search Stevenson, P & Theobald, J (eds) (2000) Relocating Germanness , London: Macmillan Primo search Townson, M (1987) 'Language and politics - a case study of German fascism 1933-45'in: Sprache und Gesellschaft in deutschsprachigen Landern, edited by C V J Russ and C Volkmar Munchen, 275-96 Primo search Townson, M (1992) Mother-tongue and fatherland: Language and politics in German Manchester Primo search Tromel-Plotz (1982) Frauensprache: Sprache der Veranderung Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7