Language Loss: Culture, Politics, and Self
Prof. Jillian R. Cavanaugh
Office: James 3307
Phone: (718)951-5000 ex.3203
Office hours: Wednesday 2:15-4 , OR by appointment
This is a zero textbook course. Required readings are on this course website. We will be using Blackboard for assignment submission.
There is also a required book, of which the BC library has an electronic copy:
Grades will be based on:
Small assignments: Roughly 2 pages, answering a prompt on the syllabus (under the day it is due), drawing on at least 1 reading and 1 class discussion. Small assignments must be typed in 12 pt Times New Roman (or similar) font, double-spaced, and stapled. Please number your pages. Late assignments will be graded down 10% of the paper’s total grade per day (NOT class period). Please be prepared to share and discuss these in class. No emailed small assignments.
Blackboard reflections: Every week, students are required to submit a reflection on either a reading or a particular topic to Blackboard. Reflections are due each Friday by midnight. Students will be graded for 10 of them. Prompts will reflect the week’s readings, discussions, and ongoing work on the final project.
Fieldnotes and Interview assignments: These will be discussed in class, and are steps towards your final project.
Final Language Mapping Assignment: This assignment will be a multi-part project drawing on several different types of evidence that you will gather using various qualitative research methods (interviews, participant observation) and quantitative data sources (like the American Community Survey) in order to focus on and ultimately map a language used here in New York to assess its vitality and current use. More information will be shared across the semester.