Language, Society and Power

This course aims at exposing the students to the sound theoretical and empirical knowledge on language, society, and power and also encourage them to engage in sociolinguistic research. The course comprises five units. The first unit deals with some major concepts related to language and society. The second unit is on language and power with special focus on linguistic imperialism. The third unit exposes the students to the issues of language planning, policy and literacy. The fourth unit is about various factors related to language and culture. The last unit makes an overview of various sociolinguistic researches in different parts of the world and it also engages the students to carry out small scale sociolinguistic research in the local context.