In the world: There are currently 6,909 documented living languages (The Ethnologue). The US Department of State recognizes 195 countries. Most of the world's population is bilingual or multilingual.

In the United States: According to the 2000 U.S. Census (the last time the language question was asked), 47 million people (18% of the population) age 5 and over speak a language other than English at home. Of those 55% speak English very well.

In Washington State: According to UW's Department of Sociology's Beyond High School Project 25% of high-school seniors report growing up in dual language homes.

The course offers several perspectives on bilingualism. From personal to global, from the linguistic aspects of code-switching to cultural aspects of living in two langauges. We examine how bilingual children acquire two languages, consider the experiences of bilingual adults, and study bilingualism as a societal phenomenon (diglossia and language choice, language policies, linguistic identity, language rights, linguistic minorities, etc.). Students do not need to speak a Slavic language. Language maintenance and linguistic diversity in the Pacific Northwest are important topics of the course.

Cross-listed with Honors 211 C.

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