LING 792 - Topics in Linguistics
Section: 003 Individual and Community-Level Variation
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This seminar will explore the tension between individual-level and community-level linguistic variation. The sociolinguistic research tradition of the past four to five decades has shown that much can be gained by approaching variation from the perspective of speech communities (or the sub-communities that make up larger communities). Recent years, however, have seen (both in sociolinguistics and phonetics) increased attention paid to the individuals who make up speech communities. How and why do individuals align themselves with different sub-communities? How much and in which ways can individuals diverge from the (sub-)communities in which they participate? What are the potential cognitive and social causes of individual differences? In this seminar, we will read a selection from both the classic foundational varionisit literature, and explore current research that problematizes the assumptions of the traditional variationist literature. Given that the variationist literature focuses more on phonetic and phonological phenomenon, the seminar will also have a phonetic and phonological focus. Depending on the interests of participants, however, the content can be tailored to be more balanced in terms of empirical focus.

The seminar is open to graduate students only.

Intended Audience:

Although there are no prerequisites, it is recommended that participants have completed the equivalent of introductory level graduate classes in phonetics and sociolinguistics. The seminar is open to graduate students only.

LING 792 - Topics in Linguistics
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002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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