INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLINGUISTICS
FIRST SEMESTER, 2013/14
OFFICE LOCATION: Department of English
COURSE MEETING TIME: Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
GROUPS: 4, Sunday, Monday
i. COURSE DESCRIPTION
My course in sociolinguistics focuses on the role of language in its social and geographical life. It will not only touch the wide variety of language, at all its grammatical levels, but it will shed light on some of its social issues as well.
There are two general divisions to the course: Language and socio-economic Status, language and identity and language and culture in interaction. All three are concerned with language, society, culture and the relations between them.
v Language and (In)equality: looks at how languages are different in terms of the amount of power and prestige they have, as well as issues of sexism
v Language and Identity: deals with language variation by social class, region of origin and gender. It also deals with attitudes towards standard and non-standard language varieties, multilingualism and pidgin and creole languages. . It also deals with attitudes towards standard and non-standard language varieties, multilingualism and pidgin and creole languages.
v The Culture in Interaction: strand looks at everyday conversation.
ii. COURSE OBJECTIVES
(Five or six objectives; general but comprehensive) By the end of the course,
v Students should be able to explain the range of relationships that exist between language and society;
v be able to explain key concepts in sociolinguistics, such as accent, dialect, language, speech community, code-switching, and language and power;
v be able to explain the main methodologies in use in sociolinguistics, and understand why different methodologies are used;
v have an understanding of some of the debates which exist within sociolinguistics through one selected reading passage for each Unit.