Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies

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LIN300ZA(言語学 / Linguistics 300)
Language Policy

Geraldo FARIA

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Faculty/Graduate school Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies
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Year 2022
Class code A6343
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Term 秋学期授業/Fall
Day/Period 金2/Fri.2
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Campus 市ヶ谷 / Ichigaya
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Grade 3~4
Credit(s) 2
Open Program
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Global Open Program
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Urban Design CP
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Learning for the Future CP
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Chiyoda Campus Consortium
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Outline and objectives

In this course, you will learn how Language Policy is defined as an academic subject. This course will cover major concepts behind language policies. By drawing on various topics related to language variation (e.g. social class and gender), this course will provide an accessible and engaging overview of Language Policy.


The understanding of language policies that cause and result in linguistic mechanisms utilized by particular members of a given society so as to distinguish themselves from societal members. The broad goal of this course is to promote social understanding and justice in schools, communities, and corporations.

Which item of the diploma policy will be obtained by taking this class?

Will be able to gain “DP 2”, “DP 3”, and “DP 4”.

Default language used in class

英語 / English

Method(s)(学期の途中で変更になる場合には、別途提示します。 /If the Method(s) is changed, we will announce the details of any changes. )

After an introduction to the topics in the form of mini-lectures, examples of policies or general concepts will be presented for discussion, activity, and analysis. This course will contain assignments and writings outside of class, which may be presented in class. Note that the suggested topics may vary slightly depending on the number of registered students and their interests. Finally, submissions of assignments and their feedback will be via (unless students are notified previously).

Active learning in class (Group discussion, Debate.etc.)

あり / Yes

Fieldwork in class

なし / No


授業形態/methods of teaching:対面/face to face



Overview of the course and requirements

2[対面/face to face]:Concepts

Language overview and policies that affect its use by members of a given society

3[対面/face to face]:Language Planning

Language policies prescribed by governments to standardize language use

4[対面/face to face]:Language and Social Class

Social stratification and linguistic differentiation within a society

5[対面/face to face]:Language and Geography

National languages (standard registers) versus dialects

6[対面/face to face]:Designing a Project Related to Language Policy

Preparation for a study (requirements, data, analysis, text production, and presentation)

7[対面/face to face]:Language and Gender

Constraints (types, consequences, and formation of gender-neutral language) imposed by the gender of speakers.
Mid-term review quiz

8[対面/face to face]:National Policies on Foreign Language Studies

Implications of governmental regulations on the choice of foreign language studies

9[対面/face to face]:Multilingualism

The language of minority groups within a larger society

10[対面/face to face]:Endangered Languages and Fieldwork Studies

Assimilation, language death, linguistic and societal implications / Language policy research models

11[対面/face to face]:Migrations and Pidginization of Languages

Human migration and its effects on language (second language, linguistic transition, and the language of the next generation)

12[対面/face to face]:Profession-specific Registers

Specialized language as a means to distance groups from non-specialists

13[対面/face to face]:Presentations of group projects

Students will give short academic presentations, followed by feedback

14[対面/face to face]:Consolidation

End-of-course assessment, feedback, and wrap-up

Work to be done outside of class (preparation, etc.)

Students are expected to complete weekly reading assignments before class and review previous handouts before the following class. They should also organize their notes in the form of a notebook or a computer file. Students must choose a topic, and prepare a presentation with a handout, which will be delivered in class.
Preparatory study and review time for this class are 2 hours each.


No textbook will be used. The teacher will provide handouts, reading material, and links to online data.


Crystal, David. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. Third Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2010 ISBN 9780521516983
Finegan, Edward. Language: Its Structure and Use. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992 ISBN 0729512681
Johnson, David. Language Policy. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013 ISBN 9781403911858
Pereltsvaig, Asya. Languages of the World. Cambridge University Press, 2014 ISBN 9780521175777
Yule, George. The Study of Language. Fifth Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2014 ISBN 9781107044197

The teacher will suggest material appropriate to the students’ projects and interests through either the Internet or reference books available at the library.

Grading criteria

Grades will be based on exams (mid-term 30% and final 30%), assignments 30%, and participation 10%.

Changes following student comments

No feedback yet received.

Equipment student needs to prepare

A laptop or smartphone may be used to research an in-class assignment. Students may choose to take notes using their laptops.


An enthusiasm to investigate (in)formal language policies that affect social justice globally.