LINGUIST List 32.671

Tue Feb 23 2021

FYI: Recorded Talk Available: ''What's a language, what's a dialect? Towards more equitable teaching practices''

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Date: 23-Feb-2021
From: Cezar Constantinescu <kongen.meijigakuin.ac.jp>
Subject: Recorded Talk Available: ''What's a language, what's a dialect? Towards more equitable teaching practices''
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Those of you who missed the talk by Dr. Stefan Dollinger last week at the Center for Liberal Arts, Meiji Gakuin University (Japan), can access and share it now via the following link: https://www.academia.edu/video/jZpPbl

"What's a language, what's a dialect? Towards more equitable teaching practices" (Pluricentricity in research and teaching)
Dr. Stefan Dollinger, UBC Vancouver

Abstract:
What’s a language, what’s a dialect? This seemingly easy question is taken for granted in much of language teaching. For languages that have dominant standard varieties, teaching professionals have usually been content to teach just those “main” varieties. The present talk starts from what are indeed arbitrary boundaries behind the socio-political concept of “language” and the ideologies underlying it. Using examples from European languages (German, English, Swedish, French, Spanish), I will make the point that the inclusion, however small, of features from a non-dominant standard variety in language teaching would not only enrich the learning process but would add an identity-confirming element to language teaching. This suggestion is not intended to add to the already large scope of tasks in language teaching, but to render, via a minor adaptation of the established method, the learning outcomes even more relevant to the learner.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            German (deu)
Language Family(ies): Indo-European


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