LING 340 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course we examine language as a social phenomenon, exploring how variation in language use can enhance our understanding of social processes. How does our background and identity shape the way we speak? Or is it that the way we speak shapes our communities? In exploring these questions we will cover the following topics:

  • quantitative approaches to language variation and change;
  • styles, registers and varieties tied to particular contexts;
  • regional, social, and ethnic varieties of English;
  • relationships between language and gender; and variation in signed languages.

We will examine issues of language and power, language planning and standardization, and languages in education. Our exploration of issues related to languages in contact will include the social dimensions of bi-multilingualism, including code-switching practices. We will investigate the emergence and structure of contact languages, and issues of minority language maintenance, revitalization and attrition.

LING 340 - Introduction to Sociolinguistics
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001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0415399483
Introducing sociolinguistics, Author: Miriam Meyerhoff., Publisher: Routledge Reprinted. 2006
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