LING 046. Linguistic Diversity

In this course we will explore issues of linguistic diversity, experiences of difference, and power structures as they relate to the perception and use of language, and struggles for justice in linguistic context. We will draw on a range of linguistic subfields including linguistic typology and sociolinguistics to ask questions such as: What is the range of human linguistic diversity? When are linguistic differences meaningful, and how do they become tied to actual social inequality How is linguistic diversity changing now, and how is the internet part of that? (Why) does linguistic diversity matter? We will consider diversity not only across the world's languages but also within languages. Students will investigate linguistic diversity on campus or in surrounding communities.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Eligible for ESCH
Catalog chapter: Linguistics  
Department website: Linguistics

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