Language in the Mediterranean: Integration, Fragmentation and Movement (LIN4103.01)

Thomas Leddy-Cecere

The Mediterranean represents a critical site of interaction between speakers of three of the world’s largest language families; nevertheless, linguists typically treat this contact and cross-pollination as an incidental, even distorting product of the families’ southern/northern/western peripheries, rather than as constituting a dynamic center of gravity for linguistic and sociolinguistic innovation.  In this course, we will explore the linguistic dimension of historical and ongoing Mediterranean encounters, and how language-based developments reflect or contribute to broader socio-historical cycles of integration, fragmentation and movement observed to operate in the region.  We will consider topics including literacy, linguistic imperialism/nationalism, multilingualism, transnational migration, and identity (de)construction as we work to identify forces and trends which shape the Mediterranean, past and present, as an ontologically valid community of linguistic practice with global reach.

Prerequisites: Any LIN coursework, or permission of the instructor. Interested students should contact the instructor, Thomas Leddy-Cecere (
Credits: 4
M/Th 3:40-5:30
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: One time only
This course is categorized as All courses, Cultural Studies and Languages, Sociolinguistics, and tagged , , , , , , .