Section 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 PM

Professor: Carolyn MacKay
This course is a graduate-level introduction to sociolinguistics that investigates how regional and social factors influence the way people talk and interact. We will focus on regional variation in American English as well as the correlation between language use and social factors such as age, gender, social class, social networks, ethnicity, and identity. The requirements for the course are 2 papers. The first paper will discuss in detail an aspect of linguistic variation of interest to the student (e.g. Chicano English, the functions of non-standard ‘like’, uptalk, vocal fry, the origin of African-American English, the Northern Cities Shift, Gullah, gender identity and language use, Hoosier dialect, etc.). The second paper involves data collection and an analysis of linguistic variation found in conversational styles.