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UB Graduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2021

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RLL 525SEM - Special Topics-Sociolinguistics
Special Topics-Sociolinguistics BALI Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   23917   Enrollment Capacity:   3
Section:   BALI   Enrollment Total:   3
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   0
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   CLOSED
Days, Time:   M W F , 11:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
This course explores socially patterned variation in language and its connection to long-term language change. In addition to considering social context and speaker identity as factors that condition variation, we also discuss the influence of linguistic and cognitive constraints. We consider topics like style and performance, language attitudes, socioeconomic status, gender, and ethnicity, as well as lexical frequency, syntactic priming, and phonological context, among many others. We consider questions like, Why do people speak differently with different interlocutors in different social contexts? Are they consciously aware of how their speech changes? Is linguistic variation random or patterned? Do some speech communities exhibit greater variation or faster change? Can we stop or slow the rate of language change over time? Students will consider these questions in the context of previous research studies and in the development of their own pilot studies. By the end of the semester, you will have a clearer understanding of language in its social context, and you will have a better grasp of how to test your own hypotheses about language.
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