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Betsy E Evans
LING 580
Seattle Campus

Problems in Linguistics

Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.

Class description

The 'third wave' of Sociolinguists has been increasingly drawing upon the notion of indexicality and enregisterment in order to explain the affective values of sociolinguistic variation. This course aims to explore the notions of indexicality and enregisterment as they are used in the field of sociolinguistics. How do linguistic features come to 'mean' certain sociological features? We’ll begin with an introduction to the semiotic notion of index and move to examples of how this notion is used for analyses of linguistic variation. We’ll explore the utility of these notions and others that have arisen from them such as 'indirect indexicality' and 'partial enregisterment'.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Students must have taken LING 535 or seek the permission of the instructor

Class assignments and grading


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: 09/14/2012