LING 2303 Endangered Languages of the Caribbean

Pre-requisites: None


The course Endangered Languages of the Caribbean explores the historical, socio-cultural and current reasons for the high number of endangered Caribbean languages, both spoken and signed. The course offers a guide through issues of loss, documentation and revitalisation of endangered languages in the Caribbean, and will enable students to evaluate a community's options for language documentation.

In order to assess the current situation of dying languages of the Caribbean, the course will chart the history of the region’s dead languages, both insular and continental. Students will be sensitised and prepared to deal with specific issues of language planning, focusing on endangered indigenous, creole and sign languages. Students will be provided with an overview of issues related to language shift and language obsolescence, will be enabled to evaluate a community's options for language documentation as the first stage in the language documentation process and potential projects.

Method of Instruction: 2 lectures and 1 tutorial and 1 practical lab per week 
Assessment: 100% in-course assessment