LING 580 G: Problems In Linguistics

Meeting Time: 
Th 3:30pm - 5:50pm
Location: 
MGH 234
SLN: 
16190
Instructor:
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Betsy Evans

Syllabus Description:

LING 580:Special topics in Sociolinguistics: Historical Sociolinguistics

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This seminar will introduce Historical Sociolinguistics, a subfield that considers socio-historical contexts while exploring the evolution of linguistic systems. We will examine how sociolinguistic theory (e.g. change from below) and sociolinguistic methodology (e.g. the observer’s paradox) can be applied to the exploration of diachronic change. Key Issues such as the relationship of historical data to spoken communication, the random nature of available data and empirical validity will be considered.

 LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students will:

  • Students will be able to describe Historical Sociolinguistic research in succinctly in writing and discussion
  • Students will understand the relevance of Historical Sociolinguistic research to linguistics
  • Students will be able to design/assess research projects that explore diachronic language variation

Texts

1) Hernández-Campoy, J. M., & Conde-Silvestre, J. C. (2012). The Handbook of Historical Sociolinguistics. John Wiley & Sons.

2) Other articles/chapters available on the LING 580 Canvas site.

 

Catalog Description: 
Advanced study in current theories of syntax, semantics, phonology, or morphology. Can be repeated for credit.
Status: 
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Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:06pm