Naomi Nagy

Linguistics at U of T

Linguistics 719:Sociolinguistics
Course Description

We'll examine the way spoken language varies according to the social characteristics of its speakers. Speech variation according to age, sex, ethnicity, linguistic attitude, style, location, time, social status, and network membership will be explored. Quantitative analysis methods will be introduced and the relationship between sociolinguistics and theoretical linguistics, especially phonology, examined. Ways this information is useful to teachers will be discussed.

Students will have brief textbook readings and more extensive readings from a collection of recent research publications in the field. These will be discussed in class and used as a basis for research projects investigating some aspect of linguistic variation. Details can be found in the syllabus.

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