SOCY 3362 Language in Society (Fall: 3 )
This course is an introduction to sociolinguistics, that is, to the study of language in its social context. We will examine a number of classic issues in sociolinguistics including the varieties of language associated with social class, ethnicity, and locale, bilingualism, pidgin and creole languages, proposals about the relationship of language, thought, and culture, and the structure and role of discourse in different cultures. The course concludes by investigating several sociolinguistic issues of contemporary interest including language and gender, the "U.S. English" controversy, and language and public policy.
Instructor(s): Margaret Thomas
Last Updated: 24-Jun-17