Topics In Language And Society

This advanced seminar is especially useful for students who are considering pursuing research in the social aspects of language, including the politics of language and linguistic anthropology. Students are expected to identify for themselves key issues pertaining to the relationship between language and society. Among the possible topics discussed are: critical comparisons between autonomous and socially-oriented views of language; differences between variationist sociolinguistics and more critically-informed approaches; the relationship between linguistic structure, language ideology and power.

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