Language Situation and Language Policy in the Baltic Countries
7.5 credits cr.
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The course consists of a review of the language situation and the language policies in the Baltic countries. The course illuminates language use and language policies from a general perspective, against a background of the historical preconditions for multilingualism in the Baltic Sea area. The course investigates the situation and status of the local, national and international languages that are spoken in the Baltic countries.
Instruction is in the form of lectures and seminars. The course is given in English.
Having completed the course the student has shown an ability to:
- demonstrate profound, theoretical and specific knowledge about the language situtation and language policies in the Baltic countries
- demonstrate profound, theoretical and specific knowledge about the historical preconditions for multilingualism in the Baltic Sea area
- formulate a theoretical discussion on language situation, language policies and multilingualism in the Baltic countries.
The following methods of examination are used:
- a written essay (10-15 pages)
- an oral presentation of the essay in connection with a seminar
The principles for weighting together the examination assignments are explained in the grading criteria.
ScheduleThe schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
All of the course literature is available on Athena or digitally via the university library.
- Spolsky, Bernard (2004). Language Policy [Digital resource]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Loeber, D. A. (1993). Language rights in independent Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, 1918-1940. In S. Vilfan (ed.) Ethnic Groups and Language Rights. Aldershot: Dartmouth.
- Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle, Meilutė Ramonienė, Laima Grumadienė (2005). The language situation in Lithuania, Journal of Baltic Studies, 36:3, 345-370.
- Metuzāle-Kangere, Baiba, Uldis Ozolins (2005). The language situation in Latvia 1850–2004, Journal of Baltic Studies, 36:3, 317-344.
- Verschik, Anna (2005), The language situation in Estonia, Journal of Baltic Studies, 36:3, 283-316.
- Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle, Uldis Ozolins, Meilutė Ramonienė, Mart Rannut (2008). Language Politics and Practices in the Baltic States. Current Issues in Language Planning, 8:4, 469-631.
- Lazdiņa, Sanita (2013). A transition from spontaneity to planning? Economic values and educational policies in the process of revitalizing the regional language of Latgalian (Latvia), Current Issues in Language Planning.
- Iva, Sulev (2010). Diverse Minorities with One Language: the Case of South Estonian. Via Latgalica, 116−123.
- Additional articles handed out in class.
If you have any questions concerning the course, please contact Lilita Zalkalns (firstname.lastname@example.org).