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LING 2379 Language and Ethnicity (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

An examination of how we use language to regulate power relations among social groups and of how individuals define personal identity through speech. Case studies include: the linguistic representation of social class membership, dialect geography, Native Americans and U.S. language policy, the Ebonics controversy, and arguments for and against maintaining public language standards. Emphasis on the status of language and ethnicity in the United States, viewed in cross-cultural perspective.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: ENGL2123 SOCY2275


Last Updated: 12-May-16