LINGUIST 101G Language, Mind and Society

LINGUIST 101G | BE, EDSW, EMHSS, LC | Semester One 2024 | City Campus | 15 points


This course explores  how we use language as a social tool and a social resource. We consider language variation in and across languages  - an essential component of what we know when we 'know' a language.  We look at how language situates us in multiple parts  of the society that each of us belong to.  In short we ask, "how do we learn to be competent members of a particular speech community?" and "Does our language use tell us things about who we are and who we imagine ourselves to be?"  Finally, just how do others perceive us based on their perceptions of the way we talk? 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain why we can say that there are no ‘single style’ speakers.
  2. Think and write about — and also be able to discuss — how differences in language use can manifest themselves at different levels.
  3. Define, explain and apply key sociolinguistic terms and concepts.

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