FF:SAKS02 Multilingualism - Course Information

SAKS02 Multilingualism, Language Change and Language Policy

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s) (plus 3 credits for an exam). Recommended Type of Completion: zk (examination). Other types of completion: z (credit).
doc. Mgr. Ivo Buzek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Jan Chovanec, Ph.D. (lecturer)
PhDr. Alena Polická, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Pospíšil, Ph.D.
Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Tomáš Hanzálek
Supplier department: Department of English and American Studies - Faculty of Arts
Timetable of Seminar Groups
SAKS02/01: No timetable has been entered into IS. I. Buzek, J. Chovanec, A. Polická
! AJ22094 Multilingualism && ! ROM0B012 Multilingualism, language pol.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 15 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 7/15, only registered: 0/15
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course, students will be able to understand the language situation in North American. They will appreciate the current situation int he context of diverse historical, social, economic and political changes. The course deals with various aspects of multilingualism in Canada, USA and Mexico and notes the mutual position of the individual languages in various areas of the continent.
  • The course will cover some of the following topics: 1. Linguistic situation in USA 2. Linguistic situation in Canada 3. Linguistic situation in Mexico 4. Multilingualism in the modern society 5. Historical overview of colonial influences 6. Code-mixing and code-switching 7. Dialectology in North America 8. Multilingualism of ethnic and marginal groups 9. African American English in the USA - historical sources, social migration, current situation, future trends 10. Lecture by a visiting professor 11. Lecture by a visiting professor 12. Group work - dicussion and presentation of independent reading 13. Multilingualism, language change, language policy
    required literature
  • Wolfram, Walt and Natalie Schilling-Estes (2006) American English. Malden and Oxford: Blackwell
  • Language in the USA : themes for the twenty-first century. Edited by Edward Finegan - John R. Rickford. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. xviii, 502. ISBN 052177747X. info
    recommended literature
  • VIERECK, Wolfgang and Karin VIERECK. Encyklopedický atlas anglického jazyka. Edited by Marek Nekula - Heinrich Ramisch, Translated by Andrea Fischerová. Praha: Nakladatelství Lidové noviny, 2005. 299 s. ISBN 8071065692. info
  • TOTTIE, Gunnel. An introduction to American English. Malden: Blackwell, 2002. xx, 293 s. ISBN 0-631-19792-3. info
    not specified
  • LÓPEZ MORALES, Humberto (coord.), Enciclopedia del español en los Estados Unidos, Madrid, Santillana/Instituto Cervantes, 2008.
  • Lacorte, Manel / Jennifer Leeman (eds.) (2009): Español en Estados Unidos y otros contextos de contacto: sociolingüística, ideología y pedagogía, Madrid: Iberoamericana ; Frankfurt a.M.: Vervuert.
  • Barriga Villanueva y Pedro Martín Butragueño (dirs.), Historia Sociolingüística de México vol 2: México contemporáneo, 2 vols., El Colegio de México, México 2010.
  • Martín Butragueño, Pedro y Yolanda Lastra (coords.), Corpus sociolingüístico de la ciudad de México, México, El Colegio de México, 2012.
  • Sociocultural and historical contexts of African American English. Edited by Sonja L. Lanehart. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2001. xvii, 371. ISBN 9027248869. info
Teaching methods
Seminar, group work The course is taught in Czech
Assessment methods
Written examination (test)
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Předmět si nemohou zapsat studenti Bc. studia AJ
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2016, Autumn 2018.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2017, recent)
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