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Herder and Modernity:Fr om Lesser Taught Languages to Lesser Taught Cultures

Votruba, Martin (2017) Herder and Modernity:Fr om Lesser Taught Languages to Lesser Taught Cultures. East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 4 (1). pp. 95-100. ISSN 2292-7956

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The typical North American curriculum of a lesser taught Slavic language implicitly relies on the legacy of Johann Gottfried von Herder's assertion that language contains national (ethnic) culture. At the same time, enrollments are dwindling even in courses in the most commonly taught Slavic languages. Post-Millennials' (Generation Z's) understandable focus on the practicality of the courses they take make it unlikely for the lesser taught languages to resist the slump. Foreign culture courses appear to hold their ground more successfully. Slavic departments may reconsider Herder’s dictum as they try to maintain or establish programs in lesser taught languages and cultures.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Votruba, Martinvotruba@pitt.eduvotruba0000-0002-3271-4134
Date: March 2017
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies
Volume: 4
Number: 1
Publisher: Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Page Range: pp. 95-100
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.21226/t2zp4f
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Slavic Languages and Literatures
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2292-7956
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Article Type: Invited Article
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2017 17:48
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2017 17:48


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