Language Lifecycle: Genesis, Expansion, and Loss


Spring 2014 quarter

Taught by

Richard McKinnon
Languages are not static systems, but exhibit a life cycle just as living organisms do. They are brought into being through pidginization and creolization, grow and change as their function changes and they attain status, and they disappear (presently at an alarming rate). In this course, we'll examine these stages in some detail, acquiring a tool set along the way that will allow participants to understand the cultural, economic, and linguistic factors involved and to appreciate the policy issues in play.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: 5:30-9:30p Thu


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.


Date Revision
June 10th, 2013 Cancelled

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Spring)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


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