Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-9:50 AM

Section 2: Tuesday and Thursday 11:00-12:15 PM

Professor: Mai Kuha
You speak the way you do because of who you are and where you are from. You also adjust the way you speak according to the situation. In this course, we will discuss the nature of this language variation and how its interaction with social attitudes affects our lives.
Our look at the nature of language variation will include:
  • the main features of dialects of English in the U.S. (regional dialects and African American English),
  • a brief look at how language and gender connect,
  • how language change results in language variation, and
  • the main facts about the presence of minority languages in the U.S.
When looking at the impact of the interaction between language variation and social attitudes, we will consider:
  • how people are judged because of the way they speak,
  • how this affects linguistic minorities in the educational system, and
  • how language attitudes find their way into legislation.