[lg policy] London: new MA in Language & Cultural Diversity

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 11 14:00:39 UTC 2010

MA in Language & Cultural Diversity
Centre for Language Discourse and Communication
King’s College London

This new MA programme provides a platform for the study and understanding
of the linguistic dimensions of social and cultural diversity in globalized
societies. It combines an introduction to linguistic perspectives on
identity and culture with a variety of optional modules that provide the
opportunity to specialise in three areas:

* Linguistic diversity – e.g. ‘Cultures in grammar’, ‘World languages &
linguistic typology’, ‘Language, mind & culture’
* Discourse, text, interaction and identity – e.g. 'Linguistic approaches
to narrative analysis', 'Translation theory', 'Medical discourses',
'Language & power', 'Arabic sociolinguistics'
* Teaching and diversity – e.g. 'Language contact, bilingualism & Black
Englishes', 'Language practices in multi-ethnic classrooms'

Within and across these strands, students can develop their knowledge and
abilities in language analysis, sociolinguistics, linguistic ethnography,
discourse analysis, translation, first & second language learning,
cognitive/psycholinguistics, language education and language policy.
Students are supported by modules in research methodology ('Researching
linguistic diversity' & 'Digital methods for text & discourse analysis'),
and they are encouraged to pursue their interests in particular languages
and/or in social, cultural and practical issues where language plays a
role. There are strong links to the extensive and internationally
recognised research on language and culture conducted at the Centre for
LDC, as well as to the work on linguistic diversity in London and beyond.

For more information, visit
and www.kcl.ac.uk/ldc


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