*This course profile is financed by Dora Plus Action 4: Marketing of study and employment opportunities in Estonia (European Regional Development Fund).
Almost all language practices are multilingual in their nature since they include different languages, language varieties, genres, styles, so-called dialects, etc. In a highly globalised era characterised by emigration and the movement of people with different linguistic backgrounds, questions related to multilingualism are crucial for single individuals immigrants who seek new homes and asylum in Europe, as well as for these hosting countries. A relevant example is the wave of Ukrainian immigration in Europe and, in particular, Estonia. Despite sharing a common background, Ukrainians are characterised by extremely variegated language repertoires and linguistic skills that they accommodate in the hosting countries. When coming to Estonia, Ukrainians might use different ways of communication. They can use English if they have enough proficiency in the language. They can also communicate in Russian as both Estonians and Ukrainians have considerable L2 experience from the Soviet time. However, the varieties of Russian as spoken in Ukraine differ from those of Russia, Estonia, etc., and some Ukrainians speak a version of Surzhik, a cover name for a continuum of in-between varieties. At the same time in Estonia, only 30% of the population constitutes a Russian-speaking minority, and the young generation of Estonians mostly have only passive knowledge of Russian. In this case, it is also possible to employ Ukrainian while communicating with Estonians and reach an understanding via passive knowledge of Russian (e.g., mediated receptive multilingualism) as usually, Estonians are sympathetic towards Ukraine and this may be a factor facilitating communication. Interlocutors can negotiate the meaning, combine codeswitching with other language modes, etc., to make communication happen.
This course is particularly focused on the complexity of multilingualism in Estonia and the European context (based on a few examples). In particular, we aim to pay attention to how individuals use resources for their language repertoire to accommodate communication in the current context of emigration.
We will introduce the concepts of multilingualism, different types of multilingualism and language acquisition theories, multilingual people as agents of change, and various contact-induced language change phenomena. This course aims to equip students with the necessary theoretical and methodological knowledge for designing and developing experimental studies in the field of multilingualism.
We discuss how multilingualism can be studied in concrete communicative situations and particular research guidelines. We explore multilingualism through practical and reflexive tasks and give practical knowledge of how to conduct experiments and approach multilingual practices in different environments (everyday communication, the internet, social media, linguistic landscape, schools, etc.).
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This course introduces the concepts of multilingualism, different types of multilingualism, multilingual people as agents of change, and various contact-induced language change phenomena. It aims to equip students with the necessary theoretical and methodological knowledge for designing and developing experimental studies in the field of multilingualism.
- Introduction to multilingualism. The theoretical framework of the concept.
- What is multilingualism? Types of multilingualism
- How do you become multilingual? - Different processes and theories of language acquisition
- Critical period. Poor perceivers and bad perceivers.
- Receptive multilingualism as a mode of multilingual communication. Types of receptive multilingualism and different language practices.
- Multilingualism and society. Legitimate language and linguistic capital.
- Language Ideologies and Language Attitudes
- Multilingualism and Multicompetence
- Where is multilingualism? Linguistic landscape
- Prof. Anna Verschik, Tallinn University
- Alessandra Dezi, Ph.D. Student of the University of Tartu
- Anna Branets, Ph.D. Student of the University of Tartu
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- 13 days
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DisciplinesLanguage Studies European Studies
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We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
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- Motivation letter (up to 1 page) that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation to participate, his/her expectations about the programme, how participation in the summer programme relates to his/her studies and interests, and how the applicant plans to use the gained experience and knowledge in the future.
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International650 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 650 EUR for the full programme during 13 days.
EU/EEA650 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 650 EUR for the full programme during 13 days.
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