Please read the chapter on language in your textbook and then watch three short videos from Frontline World (some suggestions are listed below). For this week’s DB assignment you should discuss the following questions/topics:
- Please discuss how and why a particular language (such as English) came to be distributed the way that it is around the world? Are the processes globalization influencing the changing distribution and significance of this language? If so, why? If not, why not?
- How can language play a role as either a unifying (centripetal) or devolutionary (centrifugal) force for a country? Please use some specific examples (e.g., Nigeria, Quebec, Yugoslavia, etc.) in your discussion.
You can use any 3 relevant films from the PBS Frontline World site at: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/. Here are a few suggested films: