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MATESOL 611- Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)

This course provides an overview of psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics and examines o the relationship between the brain and language and study of first and second language acquisition to develop understanding of language storage, processing and development. Sociolinguistic topics included are language variation, dialectology, language planning and policy and bilingualism and multilingualism.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the theories and principles of sociolinguistic studies.
  • Examine the relationship between social, cultural and linguistic factors that determine language use and language variation in society.
  • Learn about variation, language contact, speech communities, dialects, gender and social class, code-switching and code-mixing, bi/multilingualism, ethnography of communication and educational sociolinguistic methodology.
  • Students gain experience with the research process by developing and conducting their own studies and reporting the findings.