ENGL/LING 444F (Honors):
Language Matters in America
In this course, students will:
- Engage in
active research to understand how we use language to construct and interpret identity
- Examine linguistic patterns
typical of groups of various types (regional, ethnic, gender, age, communities
of shared practice, etc.)
- Explore issues related to:
use in politics
and the media
a Second Language
This course engages students in
inquiry-based learning: determining what questions are important in the field,
figuring out how to find answers, pursuing these answers, and interpreting what
you find out, following established practices in the social sciences.
The big questions:
- How do we use language to construct our identity?
- What identifies particular groups linguistically?
- Is there individual identity distinct from group identity?
- How are these represented in speech patterns?
- (Why) are they important in this country?
- (Why) should we worry about how we talk?
- How do sociolinguists study such issues?
The course is designated Writing
Intensive and satisfies
the Social Science General Education (Group 7) requirement, and is expected to satisfy the “Social science” and “Social identity and the individual”
categories in the new Discovery Program.
In Fall 2007, it will be taught on
Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:40-5:00 pm in Ham Smith 142.
Contact the professor: Naomi Nagy, 209 Hamilton Smith Hall, 862-2783,
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Updated April 3, 2007