CGS/Linguistics 102
Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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Instructor: Stephanie Strassel
Wednesdays 5:30-8:10, 110 McNeil Building

Contact Information

Email: strassel@ldc.upenn.edu
Phone & Voicemail: (215)898-9681
Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4:30 or by appointment
Office: Linguistic Data Consortium
             3615 Market Street, 2nd floor
Mailbox: Linguistic Data Consortium 

Course requirements:
There will be weekly homework assignments and readings, and one in-class midterm exam.  In addition, students will be asked to complete one independent field project.

Readings:
Weekly readings from textbook (W&S) plus additional materials on reserve in Rosengarten (Van Pelt Library). &. See complete reading list here.
 
Date    Topic  Readings
 1/9   Introductory Material.
What is sociolinguistics? The concept of correlation.
W&S 1
     
 1/16   Methodology: 
The International Phonetic Alphabet.
W&S 3
Language Files 
Recommended: Finegan 2-3
     
 1/23   Speech community and social networks.
How do we define a speech community? Where does one community stop and another start? The role of the individual within the speech community: social networks and sociometric analysis.
W&S 2
     
 1/30   Language variation in physical space.
Regional variation. What distinguishes a language from a dialect? How do dialect differences emerge? How are these differences perpetuated?
W&S 5 
Labov - Atlas of North American English: Introduction
(available online here)
     
 2/6   Language, social class and style.
How is social class defined?  The role of social class in linguistic variation and linguistic change.  Stylistic variation:  attention paid to speech versus the role of the audience.
W&S 6.1-6.5
W&S 8
Guy - Social Class
     
 2/13   Language, race and ethnicity. 
Language as a marker of ethnic identity.  African American English/Ebonics; Hispanic English
W&S 6.6-6.12 
Additional reading TBA
     
 2/20   Language, sex and gender.
Do men and women speak different "languages"?  What is the role of gender in linguistic variation and change?  The intersection of sex and social class.
W&S 7
     
 2/27   Language variation in time.
History of the English Language.  Language change, past and present.
W&S 4 
Additional reading TBA
     
 3/6   Midterm Exam
     
 3/13   Spring Break
     
 3/20   Language Attitudes Reading TBA
     
 3/27   Methodology
Data Analysis 
W&S 9
   
4/3
  Methodology:
New Directions
Reading TBA
   
4/10
  Sociolinguistics in a Wider Context W&S 10-11
   
4/17
  Conclusion: Field Project Presentations