LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 001 Sound and Society
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111 or 210.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Everyone has an accent, and speech variation can signal social group identities in a variety of ways. People’s speech varies depending on who they’re talking to, what they’re talking about, what kind of identity they do or don’t want to convey, and other contextual factors. In this course, we will discuss how sociophonetic variation in speech production can be studied to answer questions about language and social meaning. Students will learn about theoretical frameworks and current issues within sociophonetics, in addition to practical skills for carrying out a sociophonetic experiment (data collection, transcription, analyses, etc.). Students will carry out a mini-experiment for their final project.

There are no administrative prerequisites for this course, but it is very highly recommended that you have taken LING 210 or LING 111. Having taken LING 313, 340, or 370 will also be helpful, but this is not required. If you have no phonetics background at all, please see me.

Intended Audience:

Students who have taken at least an introductory course in Linguistics. Students who have no background knowledge of phonetics at all should check with the instructor.

LING 394 - Topics in Linguistics
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 0415498791
Sociophonetics : a student's guide, Author: ed. by Marianna Di Paolo and Malcah Yaeger-Dror, Publisher: Routledge 1. publ. 2011
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