COLT 49.6 Multilingualism and Its Others

"Multilingualism" and "monolingualism" are notions that appear clear-cut, uncontested and normative. But are they? In this course, we will examine the rise (and fall) of multilingualism and its others - especially monolingualism-to sharpen our understand of these terms' use and implications. Where and when did they emerge historically? Whom do they benefit or harm socially? What do they mean theoretically?  What challenges to they pose to writing, translation? The global traffic of texts, and language-learning advocacy?

Readings will draw on several disciplines, with research projects reflecting each student's investment in the topic.