LING-775 Seminar: Advanced Variation
Spring for 2010-2011
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This advanced seminar concentrates on the social meaning of sociolinguistic variation. Students will read and discuss the growing body of literature on theoretical and methodological approaches to the social significance of variation in sound, form, meaning, and discourse. Theoretical topics of primary concern are indexicality, style, enregisterment, stance, and identity. The methodological approaches to be explored include contextualizing variation in its ethnographic and interactional contexts, using experimental techniques from speech perception, and locating social meaning in circulating images of character types emblematically associated with distinctive ways of speaking. Students will be expected to conduct and periodically present on an original research project that must be in progress by the first class meeting.

Prerequisites: Ling 582
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Ling 582
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