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Ling 427 Languages in Contact

Contact Information

Instructional Materials

The reader for this course can be purchased at ASAP, 9250 Reseda St. (Corner of Prairie): 818-700-7999

Important Notices

All students will be required to submit their term paper to http://www.turnitin.com before handing in their paper. This site matches each student’s paper with an extensive data base to check for plagiarism.


Class Accommodations

Students with disabilities must register with the Center on Disabilities and complete a services agreement each semester. Staff within the Center will verify the existence of a disability based on the documentation provided and approve accommodations. Students who are approved for testing taking accommodations must provide a proctor form to their faculty member signed by a counselor in the Center on Disabilities prior to making testing arrangements. The Center on Disabilities is located in Bayramian Hall, room 110. Staff can be reached at (818) 677-2684.

  1. Center On Disabilities
  2. National Center On Deafness


More information about the course is posted on WebCT. Students registered for this class will have automatic access to the home page of this course. Please check there for due dates and a detailed description of the course content.

What, where and when?

Course Description

Students who successfully complete this course will:

  1. have an understanding of the various effects of language contact: properties of lexical and grammatical borrowing, pidgins and creoles and the circumstances that trigger their occurrence;

  2. have an understanding of the manifestations of and factors contributing to language attrition and death;

  3. have an understanding of the ways in which speakers in multilingual speech communities navigate between the languages that they speak

  4. have an understanding of the language planning efforts of multilingual communities that are aimed at controlling which language (variety) is used/taught in which setting.

CAPSTONE course for Liberal Studies Program – Language Diversity

Class Meetings

Class sessions will consist of lectures, small group presentations by students, videos and group activities. Lectures will be accompanied by handouts to facilitate note taking. It is very important that you attend every class. Please let me know if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from attending a particular session. Repeated tardiness and absences will affect your grade.



Your grade will be determined by your term paper (30%), the midterm and final exam (15% each), presentation (5%), class participation (5%) and discussion postings (30%). The class participation grade will be based on attendance and timely submission of all required materials. Grades for your discussion postings will be assigned throughout the course and can be accessed through WebCT. Do not hesitate to ask for clarification if you are confused about any grade that you may receive during the course.