Introductory Sociology of Language for Graduate Students

LING6307 – Introductory Sociology of Language for Graduate Students

This course exposes students to the varying types of language situations found across the Caribbean and throughout the world. Students will play an active role in the learning process by researching, analysing and presenting findings of materials relevant to these various language situations. This will be done via the use of a range of audio-visual materials and tools. It is throughout the course of their active participation that they will learn about the various labels and analyses used to explain what is happening in these language situations. The course will cover a series of issues related to the Sociology of Language, notably, language variation, language attitudes, the function of particular languages in a speech community, the maintenance and/or loss of language varieties, eco-linguistics and language planning.