ANT 374M • Sociolinguistics
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
This course examines language as a social practice and investigates language use from a broad social, cultural and historical context in a diverse range of communities. We will discuss a wide range of topics in the study of language and society. We will learn a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to the investigation of linguistic data. We will also gain first-hand experience in sociolinguistic data collection and analysis through project assignments. Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on applying sociolinguistic theories and findings to the linguistic diversity of the US and communities with which students have personal experiences. Students will be encouraged to compare and contrast their own experiences with those discussed in readings and class lectures.
Some of the topics to be covered are: languages, dialects, and other varieties; language variation (including regional, social and ethnic variation, style-shifting); language change; language and gender; language contact (including bi/multilingualism, code-switching, diglossia, pidgins and creoles); language maintenance, shift and death; analysis of conversation; sociolinguistic fieldwork methods; language planning and policy; sociolinguistics and education; other applications of sociolinguistics (including language and law, language and medicine).