Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Bassila, Benin; Cotonou, Benin
- Program Terms: Summer-Embedded
- Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
The continent of Africa is home to almost 1/3 of the languages of the world, and the linguistic and cultural landscape across much of the continent allows for unique approaches to languages and their role in society. This course will provide an introduction to how language works in Africa from both linguistic and cultural perspectives. The course will explore topics such as African language families, unusual linguistic structures, multilingualism, the interaction between colonial and indigenous languages, linguistic traditions (e.g. storytelling, ceremonies, ethnobotany, etc.), and aspects of language development and literacy issues, along with questions of language and technology. These topics will be explored largely through case studies, covering four major geographical regions of the African continent (North Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, and West Africa). The culmination of the course will be a 3-week trip to Benin, West Africa, for interested students. The trip will allow students to engage with the concepts they have learned on a practical level as they experience the linguistic ecology of Benin in both urban and rural settings. Benin is an extremely linguistically diverse country (it is roughly the size of Pennsylvania, and approximately 54 languages are spoken there), and therefore provides an ideal destination to allow students to experience a very different way of using language from that found in the US. The majority of the travel time will be spent getting to know Beninese people and working with them on a project to explore their approaches to the languages they speak. The students will also be able to tailor the project to their own interests in consultation with the professor. No knowledge of any language other than English is required, but the ability to speak French may open up more opportunities for project topics.
During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of - housing information not available at this time
The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department. The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact the program leader.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer-Embedded||2017||04/15/2017 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Summer-Embedded||2018||08/22/2017 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
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