413 Sociolinguistics - online (4 units)

Winter 2011


Winter Session (12/20/10-1/15/11) - online


John McCarthy []


This course deals with three aspects of language variation and use: (i) Attitudes toward non-standard dialects in the USA; (ii) How people use language to construct their own identity or impose identities on others; and (iii) The social functions of speech, particularly being (im)polite. No textbook; readings will be supplied online. No prerequisites. Requirements: homework essays, blog postings, short research project.


Offered through Continuing and Professional Education. See http://www.umassulearn.net to enroll.