English - Elective Subject, topic 1: Topics in English Linguistics: Linguistic Anthropology, Multilingualism, and Hate Speech

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This three-part module introduces students to three important branches of linguistics applied within the study of the English language - namely, linguistic anthropology, multilingualism, and hate speech.


Linguistic Anthropology (Kamilla Kraft)

Linguistic anthropology is the study of language as social action. Linguistic anthropology draws on principles and methods from linguistics, anthropology and ethnography in the study of cultural values and interactional practices within social groups. This part of the course will cover central concepts and fields of study including speech communities and communities of practice, language acquisition and language socialization, language ideologies, language and gender, language and ethnicity and language and power. In addition, this part of the course will introduce students to methods of data collection and data analysis used in linguistic anthropology.


Multilingualism (Kamilla Kraft)

From a social point of view, multilingualism is about the role of languages in our societies, specifically pertaining to language choice, regulation and valuation. This implies that studies of multilingualism explore macro and micro perspectives of what we do with and to languages and speakers: an exploration that takes place at different levels, such as the local, institutional and global. This complexity will be mirrored in lecture themes such as “Code-switching and translanguaging in everyday life”, ‘Multilingualism in and at work’, and ‘Multilingualism and race relations’. Throughout this part of the course, we will dive into classic and more recent theories on multilingualism, as well as studies of and debates on multilingualism, thereby gaining knowledge about how and with what consequences multilingualism is imagined, used and managed in different settings and societies throughout history. Studies of English in multilingual contexts will be paid special attention.


Hate Speech (Kim Ebensgaard Jensen)

The current socio-political landscape has caused hateful discourse to become more widespread online and elsewhere and has been shown to have severe real world consequences. Therefore, it is crucial that both language experts and ordinary citizens understand the workings and many guises of hate speech. In this course element, we will study and analyze various types of hate speech as well as some of the contexts in which we find it (such as, for instance, populist politics and conspiracy theories as well as sexism, homophobia, and racism). We will also explore the underlying social and cognitive processes that researchers have proposed. The purpose of this course element, then, is to provide students with insights into and perspectives on the workings of hate speech so as to provide them with a foundation upon which to build strategies for dealing with this type of discourse when they encounter it online or elsewhere.



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Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 84
  • Preparation
  • 325,5
  • English
  • 409,5


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1 semester


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Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting department
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinators
  • Kamilla Kraft   (12-726874707373687279686d7b476f7c7435727c356b72)
  • Kim Ebensgaard Jensen   (10-6a676a73786c66667769456d7a7233707a336970)
Saved on the 09-11-2022

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