ENGL 479 A: Language Variation and Language Policy in North America

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
LOW 205
Nancy Bou Ayash
Nancy Bou Ayash

Syllabus Description:

Students in this course will examine language and cultural diversity on the individual vs. societal or group levels in the U.S., and address political, social, educational and moral questions and issues that relate to language diversity in the U.S.

The approach taken in this course is both descriptive and critical in that we will examine how language is implicated in creating and maintaining power for certain groups through such constructs as standard dialects and more broadly through public policies. Although the course contains linguistic content, students do not need a background in linguistics.


Catalog Description: 
Surveys basic issues of language variation: phonological, syntactic, semantic, and narrative/discourse differences among speech communities of North American English; examines how language policy can affect access to education, the labor force, and political institutions.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 10:20pm