As announced earlier, Lal Zimman will be teaching LING 313 Topics in Language and Society this coming spring (TTh 1:10-2:30 PM). The topic this year will be “Ethnographic Sociolinguistics”. Lal recently sent me a blurb for the course:
Contemporary sociolinguistic research increasingly brings together the theoretical and analytical frameworks of ethnography and sociophonetics, situating socially meaningful phonetic variation in the context of speakers’ everyday cultural practices. This class highlights the complementary strengths of these approaches, which together illuminate the emergence of social life through the moment-to-moment instantiation of speaker subjectivity, as well as challenges in bringing together disciplinary perspectives from divergent academic traditions.