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Alicia Beckford Wassink
LING 432
Seattle Campus

Sociolinguistics I

Social variation in the phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon of languages and dialects. Nonstandard language, diglossia, pidgins and creoles, gender differences, bi- and multilingualism, ethnography of speaking, pragmatics, and language attitudes. Prerequisite: either LING 200 or LING 400; recommended: prior or concurrent registration in LING 450. Offered: jointly with ANTH 432.

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Autumn 2000 -- Major social factors correlated with linguistic variation (age, socioeconomic class, social network, gender, geographic mobility); language as a matter of public concern (language planning, policy and standardization; language and ethnicity). Required Text: Chambers, J. K., Sociolinguistic Theory, (1995), Blackwell Publishers, and supplemental coursepack.

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Date: 04/21/2000