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Betsy E Evans
LING 233
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Language and Society

Provides an introduction to the study of language through culture and society, and raises and awareness of the role that society and the individual play in shaping language via the systematic observation and critical discussion of linguistic phenomena. Offered: jointly with ANTH 233/COM 233; A.

Class description

This course provides an introduction to the study of language in culture and society and raises awareness of the role of language in the development and formation of society and the individual within it. This course will engage in a systematic observation and critical discussion of linguistic phenomena. Students are encouraged to consider critically current issues and debates, and to apply theoretical arguments to real language data drawn from a variety of sources. This course will acquaint students with the many levels of meaning communicated in our everyday use of language, with special attention to issues such as Standard language, language maintenance, dialects of American English (ethnic and regional), the social ramifications of language diversity, multilingualism, and language planning.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Betsy E Evans
Date: 03/06/2009