The University of Adelaide is offering free online course on Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages. Language is an integral part of society. Wherever we come from, the words we use and the way in which we use them are fundamental to our cultural identity.
In this course, applicants will learn how the world’s endangered languages are revived and why this process is critical to preserving cultural identity. The course will start on October 6, 2016.
Course At A Glance
Length: 2-3 weeks
Institution: University of Adelaide and edX
Certificate Available: Yes. Verified Certificate for $50
Session: Starts on October 6, 2016
The University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities and is consistently ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world. Established in 1874, it is Australia’s third oldest university and has a strong reputation for excellence in research and teaching. The University is known for its dedication to the discovery of new knowledge and preparing the educated leaders of tomorrow. It has over 100 Rhodes Scholars, including Australia’s first Indigenous winner, and five Nobel Laureates among its alumni community. Currently there are more than 25,000 students from over 90 countries.
About This Course
Language is an integral part of society. Wherever we come from, the words we use and the way in which we use them are fundamental to our cultural identity. In today’s increasingly globalised world, however, ‘linguicide’ – the loss of a language – is becoming all too common. But there is hope. The language revival movement has emerged as an important and effective response, and this course will introduce you to its key principles and techniques.
After discussing powerful answers to the question of why languages should be revived, we’ll investigate how. Far more than just a simple process of recovering literacy and lost letters, language revival involves a deep and complex engagement with history, human rights, identity and wellbeing. You will also learn what’s being done around the world right now, and how effective these techniques have been.
In this course, you will
- Explore connections between language and identity.
- Understand the impact of language loss on people around the world.
- Examine what is being done to revive languages today.
Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann is a leading expert in ‘revivalistics’ and Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide.
Dr Rob Amery has been working with Aboriginal languages since 1980, when he worked as a nurse at Balgo (Kimberley, Western Australia) with Kukatja-speaking people.
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