Sociolinguistics of English
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Languages
Course Number: NMAT 5115
Course Format: Seminar
Permission Required: No
The goal of this course is to understand the variety of functions and roles that English plays in countries around the world. This course explores the relationship between language use and social context. It does this from the historical context of standard language development and different types of regional and social language variation through to specific cultural issues such as politeness, gender and identity, to looking at the relationship between culture, language and thought and finally thinking about some ways in which this can be investigated using sociolinguistic methodologies. It is essential for ESOL instructors to understand the historical, political and cultural origins of the “nativization” process whereby localized varieties of English are developed, codified, and disseminated.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Open to Graduate students.
Open to TESOL students.