LING 580:Special topics in Sociolinguistics: Historical Sociolinguistics
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.
- 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
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.