Classes I teach or supervise:
LIN 471 Sociolinguistics (Fall, Spring)
Sociolinguistics is the study of language change and variation in the present and over time. It considers socially conditioned variation: that is, the way in which social factors such as age, social class, race and gender affect the likelihood of a speaker producing one variant (of a phoneme, morpheme, lexeme etc) at any given moment, rather than some other variant. Why do some people say runnin’ away but others say running away? Why do some people say pop but others say soda? The result of this kind of linguistic competition is sometimes long-term variation, and sometimes linguistic change.
Prerequisites and requirements: You must have LIN 200, LIN 401 or an equivalent introductory level class in linguistics in order to enroll in this course. Undergraduates who receive a 4.0 grade will be considered for entry to LIN 871. You should talk to me if you’re interested in LIN 871.
LIN 871 Advanced Sociolinguistics (Fall)
The format and content of this course change from year to year. Starting in 2014, the course will most frequently be offered as an advanced-level introduction to the study of language variation and change (LVC) in its social context. No prior knowledge of LVC or sociolinguistics is expected, so we will move very quickly through many of the core studies and methods.
Prerequisites: None. But please contact me if you have not previously taken a course in sociolinguistics, or if you are joining us from a field that is not Linguistics.
IAH 231c Roles of Language in Society (Spring)
This course fulfils the University’s requirement that undergraduates take one Integrated Arts & Humanitites B course. The course introduces students to the causes and consequences of linguistic change. We consider how a diverse society contributes to language change by looking at the experiences of Americans, Europeans, Africans, Austronesians and many other people around the world. Students gain a basic understanding of linguistic structures (sounds, sentences), and have the opportunity to participate in some language-data gathering projects.
LIN 225 Language and Gender (Fall, Spring, Summer)
I am the Faculty of Record for this course, which is usually taught by a TA. Gender and language in societies around the world. Issues such as status, power and politeness in monolingual and multilingual societies. The role of gender in language development, language variation and language change.
LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics (irregular)