ANTH 227
Language and Society: What Does Your Speech Say About You? Fall 2017
Division II
Cross-listed ANTH 227 / ARAB 227
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Sociolinguistics is the study of how aspects of society influence the way language is used by the society members. In this course, we will examine the inter-relationships between the way language is used in various social contexts affecting that usage. How and why do languages change? How does language reflect a person’s identity? How does language intersect with power relations among individuals within a society? Does language vary according to gender? How are language varieties formed, and what determines their status within speech communities? How and why do speakers code-switch among different varieties? These are some key questions that we will examine in this class, drawing on readings that focus on different languages.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1284
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, response essays, assignments, article presentation, variation paper, final exam
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: seniors, students who need to fulfill Arabic major or Anthropology major requirements, students interested in linguistics
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ARAB; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under ANTH
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ANTH 227 Division II ARAB 227 Division I

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