Linguistics 313- Topics in Language and Society
Language, Race and Ethnicity in the West
Full course for one semester. This course is an opportunity to explore the unique linguistic situations of various ethnic groups in the North American West. Building on concepts from 211 and 212, the course presents in more detail the social and linguistic dynamics of ethnic speech communities in the West, with attention to the unique historical and socio-cultural experience of ethnic groups in the West. Social dynamics will be considered alongside theoretical approaches to identity construction, language attitudes and outcomes in terms of linguistic behavior. Students will complete a final capstone project exploring language use among a particular ethnic community of the North American West. Conference.