Dept. of Language & Linguistics

University of Essex

LG 474: Language Rights

Winter (Term 2) 2016

Prof. Peter L. Patrick

Last revised 23 April 2017


Updates for course material will be added to this page on a weekly basis. Please check here regularly!

o    Our revision class for the exam (undergraduates only) will be held on Fri 28 April from 2-4pm in room 3.320. If you are wondering what I think are some of the main points you should be planning to revise for the UG exam next term, please have a look at this Revision Guide.

o    In preparing for the revision class, please send me any Qs you are worried about, or would like to see covered, before the day. Please remember, there are no silly or stupid questions. This is a time for checking that you understand things, and even the most basic points are fine to review with me. If you send me an email query about the exam, I’ll try to answer to everyone in this way – everything you send me might be helpful to someone else in the class too. We will not be able to revise 10 weeks’ worth of study in 2 hours, so I depend upon you to have questions. If there are no questions, it will be a very short revision session!

o    Our exam is scheduled for Mon 22 May, 2pm to 4pm in NTC 306 or NTC 2.03. Please check your individual exam schedules for any variation from this. Good luck!

o    Your student presentation PPTs are now available online at alongside the other student presentations of years past. Thanks for doing a good job on such interesting topics!

o    A reminder that I will not hold office hours on Thurs 23 March as I am away. I will also not be available by email the week before Easter (Mon 10 Apr) thru 18 April as I am on holiday. Your papers are due on 13 April so if you have any Qs to email me etc., please do it before then! Good luck.

o    I spotted a date error on the main coursepage sorry ! I have corrected it now, it will take effect Monday morning 6 Feb. The detailed schedule was always correct.

o    I’ve emailed a sign-up for the Student Group Presentations. When I have enough names I’ll link it from here.

o    This module contains a great deal of information, perhaps a bewildering amount. If you are wondering what I think are some of the main points you should be planning to revise for the UG exam next term, please have a look at this Revision Guide for LG474.

o    Please check the page for Student Presentations to see what students did last year. It’s linked from the bottom of the main coursepage as “2016” etc. Previous years’ links obviously show what was done in the past.

o    I plan some significant additions and revisions to the links and documentation on HR Instruments but have not yet made them.

o    The references pages organized alphabetically (Abc), and then again by (Topic) – now contain nearly 400 references. I have checked the links on all e-documents there; most of them are good, a few have been successfully replaced, but a handful are still unavailable. I will be checking and updating the HR Instruments page as we go along. Please call any non-working links to my attention so I can fix them!

o    The Assignments page is now ready.

o    Some chapters from Rosina Lippi-Green’s textbook English with an Accent (be sure you are using the heavily rewritten 2nd edition of 2012) are on our schedule of readings. More useful materials are available through the publisher’s companion website for the textbook.

o    We also have many assigned readings from Peter M Tiersma & Lawrence M. Solan, The Oxford Handbook of Language and Law (Oxford University Press, 2012). The library has 4 copies on restricted loan [K 213.O9]. It is currently not available from the library as an e-book, so you will have to organise yourselves to access the readings from it – forewarned is forearmed… For quick references, the assigned readings from this source are (alphabetically): Bastarache, Goldstein et al., Gorter & Cenoz, Opeibi, Patrick, Rock, Skutnabb-Kangas, and Tiersma – all 2012.

o    Materials on our main coursepage titled “Notes for HU921 students” are not aimed at LG474 students but are here for convenience – I teach a lecture to MA Human Rights students on this topic, and use our coursepage as a place to post their notes – but you may find something of interest there.



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