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LI301 Introduction to Sociolinguistics
In many cases, the meaning of a speech act can only be determined by understanding the cultural setting or societal background in which a speech is given. Introduction to Sociolinguistics will give students an overview of how language relates to the society in which it was produced. The student will be able to articulate why certain languages are chosen as national or educational standards within a given society; to understand concepts and psychological factors at play in multi-lingual societies; to discern attitudes speakers of particular languages have toward time, social class, networks, and gender; and to discern attitudes toward particular languages by segments of world societies.
Prerequisites: LI201 Semantics and Pragmatics. Three credits.