LING-582 Sociolinguistic Variation
Fall for 2010-2011
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This course is a theoretical and practical introduction to language variation and change from a quantitative sociolinguistic perspective. We will investigate the ways in which linguistic (internal) and social (external) factors motivate and structure patterns of linguistic variation. On Tuesdays, the course will focus on theoretical issues, with the aim of (1) surveying dominant approaches to the study of variation, (2) reviewing foundational studies in sociolinguistic variation, and (3) exploring new directions in variationist research. On Thursdays, we will shift our attention to developing the skills and tools needed to conduct original quantitative research on phonological, lexical, morphosyntactic, and discourse variation. Over the course of the term, we will conduct a group project as a class, analyzing our data in a variety of ways, with the goal of submitting the product of our work for presentation at an academic conference. Students will also be expected to conduct an individual or small group project investigating a linguistic variable of interest.
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