Naomi Nagy

Linguistics at U of T

LIN 251: Intro to Sociolinguistics

Course description

How does linguistic variation construct identity?

You will be introduced to recent sociolinguistic research on language contact, multilingualism, code-switching, expressions of ethnic solidarity and regional identity, sex and gender differentiation, dialect geography, sociophonetics, perceptual dialectology, diffusion of norms in mobile populations, documentation of variation in lesser studied languages, and changes across the life-span.

Goals for the course

  • give you a sense of the shape of sociolinguistics, its content, concepts and terms
  • give you an understanding of sociolinguistic research – its goals, its methods, its findings
  • introduce you to the methods and skills of doing sociolinguistic research, and offer hands- on experience of doing it
  • present you with the opportunity to reflect on your own sociolinguistic situation – the profusion of languages and voices which are part of your life
  • offer you the chance to engage with how language affects and constitutes society, in particular where that produces inequity.
  • adapted from the course textbook (Bell 2014:15)


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Updated August 30, 2016.

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