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L23A: THE SOCIOLOGY OF LANGUAGE

 
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Lectures 1 What is the sociology of language?
  - Knowledge of Language
- The study of language in the social context.
- Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language (Micro vs. Macrolinguistic study of language use)
Main Readings: Prescribed Text – Chapters 1,2,3 or Wardhaugh, Chapter 1

Lectures 2 Typology of Language Functions:
 

- Definition and scope
- Methodologies and perspectives regarding what constitutes a speech community
- Variation: Horizontal vs. Vertical (Regional vs. Social)

Main Readings: Wardhaugh, Chapter 5 (pg.117-127); Prescribed Text – Chapters 8

Lecture 3 Typology of Language Situations:
 

Dialect vs. Language: clarifying the issues that are used to differentiate the two.
- Creoles, Pidgins, Lingua Franca...
- Standard, Official, National Languages, etc
- Case studies in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

Main Readings: Wardhaugh, Chapters 2 &3; Prescribed Text – Chapters 26
& Walters, K. (1996) Gender, Identity and the political economy of language use: Anglophone wives in
Tunisia in Language in Society, 25 (515-555) [RBC –copy; Digital & DITTO]

 

Lecture 4 Typology of Language Situations cont’d:
  - Multilingualism, Bilingualism, Diglossia, Continua etc.
- Case studies of specific and typical situations.
Main Readings: Prescribed Text – chapters 27 & 35; Wardhaugh, Chapter 4
Ferguson (1959) Diglossia in Word (available at DITTO/DOCUSPOT)

Main Readings for Language situations in the Caribbean
Winford, D.(1985) The concept of “diglossia” in Caribbean Creole situations
in Language and Society 14 (345-356) [RBC photocopy & DITTO]
Alleyne, M.(1985) A Linguistic Perspective on the Caribbean [RBC Photocopy & DITTO]


Lectures 5 Language Shift, Maintenance, Endangerment and Death:
  - How and why do languages disappear?
- How and why do languages increase their influence in societies?
Main Readings: Prescribed text – chapter 29 or Gal, S. (1976) Peasant men can’t get wives: Language
change and sex roles in a bilingual community in Language in Society 7 (1-16) [RBC –
photocopy & DITTO]
Nettle & Romaine (2000) Vanishing Voices Oxford University Press (chapter 1) [available at DITTO]


Lecture 6 6. English as a world language
  - Is English the ‘language of the new global society’? -Discussion and analysis.
- Is the strength of English affecting other languages?
- Is the spread of English affecting the structure of English?

Main Readings: Prescribed text - chapter 31
Queen, R.M. & Rosina Lippi-Green (1998) English with an accent: Language, ideology
and discrimination in the United States Book review in Language in Society
27:4 (536-541) [loan copy - available from tutor]
McArthur, T. (1994) Organised Babel: English as a global lingua franca. in
Georgetown University Round Table on Language and Linguistics [loan copy –
available from tutor]

Lecture 7 7. Language Planning – applying findings of research into the sociology of language (how Language Planning relates to other issues already examined in course)
 

- Status Planning
- Corpus Planning
- Case studies: What can make language planning fail or succeed

Main Readings: Prescribed Text - Chapter 26 & Wardhaugh - Chapter 15
(reading on cases – available on loan from tutor)

Lecture 8 8. Language Attitudes:
 

- Approaches to the study of Language Attitudes and their impact on language functions.
- The social consequences of attitudes to language and differences in language functions.

Main Readings: Prescribed Text – Chapters 23, 24
Rickford, J (1983) Standard and non-standard language attitudes in the Creole
continuum in S.C.L. Occasional Papers, School of Education, UWI [1 O/S, 2
WIC & DITTO]

 
 
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