Betsy E Evans
Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.
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'.
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Students must have taken LING 535 or seek the permission of the instructor
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