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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46850 MWF
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
CAL 21

Course Description

I. Introduction: Language and society. General introduction to major topics in sociolinguistics and sociology of language in the Context of general linguistics. Speech communities, networks, repertoires. Language, dialect, style. Bilingualism and diglossia. Contact and language change. Social and linguistic dimensions of contact and conflict. Language as code and approaches to its analysis. Micro and macro levels; quantitative and qualitative approaches.. II. Applications to the current situation of Spanish as a national language and as a second language in the U.S. Standardization and change, e.g. in public administration and in science and technology. Lexical, phonological, and morphosyntactic variation, discourse and genre, text and conversational analysis. III. Consequences of contact and conflict with indigenous languages of America and elsewhere and with European languages (Portuguese, Catalan, English). Code-switching and other features of extensive bilingualism. Language factors in power relationships, dependency, discrimination and disadvantage. Language maintenance and shift. Language and culture. Language policy and planning and implementation in public life. Case studies

Grading Policy

The course begins as general in nature but shifts to a specific focus based on readings and field studies. Papers: one essay on each of the topics of sections I through III below and a final essay based on individual or group research in one of the areas studied. Oral presentations: based on assigned readings and/or the current case study.


C. Silva-Corvalán, Sociolingüística y pragmática del español S. Thomason, Language Contact: an Introduction M. Stewart, The Spanish Language Today


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