LING 044. Linguistic Discrimination

This course examines the intersections of language and social identity, and the ways these intersections serve as potential sites for both expression and social conflict. Why are some linguistic differences stigmatized, while others are barely noticed? Focusing on-but not limited to-varieties of English spoken in the US, we will explore issues concerning regional, socially- and ethnically-linked dialects; ideologies about language and language variation; attitudes toward linguistic diversity; hate speech and political correctness; and language-based discrimination in public and private contexts. Along the way we will examine what is known about language as a linguistic and social phenomenon, including the ways language is used to construct and reflect social identities and social group boundaries.  
Social Sciences.
1 credit.
Spring 2023. Irwin.
Catalog chapter: Linguistics  
Department website: Linguistics

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