In this course, students will examine the building blocks which make up the interlocking systems of language and observe how those systems are enacted and granted layers of meaning through social practice. Beyond developing an understanding of the basic mechanics of sound systems, word-meaning relations, and the expression of grammatical values in languages of the world, we will also explore how these complexes become “real” through contextualized use, and how speakers utilize them to project identity, influence social structures, pursue creative innovation, and interact with those around them on multiple simultaneous levels. Throughout the course, we will further maintain a critical eye on questions of language as they arise through daily life (from interpersonal interactions to broader causes of social justice and equity), and on how we as individuals may address such issues in a manner that is both productive and globally aware.
Accommodation will be made for students unable to participate in synchronous class components due to travel restriction/time zone difference.
Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
T/F 1:40PM-5:20PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Once a year
Categories: All courses , Cultural Studies and Languages , Sociolinguistics
Tags: linguistics , sociolinguistics , language , communication