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ENG 683 Sociolinguistics
4 hours; 4 credits
The interaction of language with region, class, sex, and nationalism. Special consideration is given to Black English, urban dialects, and educational policy. An exploration of regional and class dialects, the reactions to them, and the historical reasons for their development. The differences between male and female speech as well as the different ways language refers to sex are considered. The debate over bidialectism in the schools is reviewed as well as the role of language in nationalism and questions of language policy in developing countries.
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