Catalog Description: An introduction to linguistics as a social science. Exploration of the relationship of language to a variety of social issues including race, class, and gender. GE D
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand how a language might vary internally and be able to apply this to their own dialects.
- Identify and explain the sources for and linguistic features of the major geographic and social dialect groupings of the United States and California.
- Explain the differences between and recognize the reasons behind prescriptive and descriptive attitudes towards language.
- Recognize the connections between socioeconomic status (SES) and language form and use.
- Describe the interaction between language and culture.
- Understand differences between written and spoken forms of language.
- Analyze the socio-historical roots of particular speech varieties.
- Understand bilingualism/bidialectalism and code-switching.
- Analyze features of African American English.
- Understand history of Spanish in the United States.
- Analyze features of Chicano English.
- Recognize gender based differences in speech.
- Develop their understanding of what conventions are typical of different styles of language use in both spoken and written forms.
- Develop their understanding of how people choose among various alternatives in their own personal language usage.
- Standard and Non-standard Forms of English
- Written and Spoken Language
- Attitudes Toward Language Use
- Prescriptivism and Descriptivism
- Academic Literacy
- Communicative choices and Style
- World Varieties of English
- English in the United States
- Regional Variation in US English
- Social Variation in US English
- Creoles and Pidgins
- African American English: Historical Sources and Contemporary Varieties
- Chicano English
- Spanish in the Americas
- Language and Gender
About the Banner: "Early Indian Tribes, Culture Areas, and Linguistic Stock," Smithsonian Institution (1967) (image from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Early_Localization_Native_Americans_USA.jpg)