Summer Sessions | Courses | Linguistics


Courses in this subject were not offered in summer 2018.

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Language Encounters
LING S3077Q 3 points.

This course is an introduction to the study of languages in society. It familiarizes students with the theory and methodology of the study of language in its social and cultural settings, as well as its relation to other aspects of human knowledge. We will look at the intersections between Niger-Congo and Semitic languages in Africa and the Arab world, and what they can tell us about the role of language in human society. Of particular interest are issues dealing with language spread (lingua franca, the role of media), language variation (space, social status, gender, age, ethnicity, race, dialectal differences, and diglossia), and language contact (codeswitching, and loanwords).

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