Linguistics 220: Language and Society

Fall 2018

Class Meetings: Tuesday/Thursday
Time:11:00am-12:20pm
Classroom:Swift Hall 107
TA:Anatha Latshaw
Email:anatha.latshaw@u.northwestern.edu
Instructor:Annette D'Onofrio
Email:donofrio@northwestern.edu
Office:Room 106, 2016 Sheridan Rd.
Office hours:Thurs 3:30-4:30pm (or by appt.)
Week Topic Readings Assignments
1 Sep 27
  1. De-mythologizing Language and Accent
  1. Lippi-Green, Rosina (2012). The standard language myth. English with an Accent, Second Edition.
2 Oct 2
  1. Studying Linguistic Variation and Change
  1. Fischer, John L. (1958) Social influences on the choice of a linguistic variant. Word 14:47-56.
  2. Kiesling, Scott. (2004) Dude. American Speech. p. 281-290 and Appendix
  3. Alim, H. Samy & Geneva Smitherman. (2012) Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. Excerpt from Ch. 1: p. 1-11.
  1. Reading Response #2
    [Due Monday 5 p.m. 10/1]
Oct 4
    3 Oct 9
    1. Large-scale Patterns
    1. Gumperz, John J. (1968) The speech community. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences.
    2. Labov, William. (1972) The reflection of social processes in linguistic structures. Sociolinguistic Patterns.
    3. Trudgill, Peter. (2009) The social differentiation of English in Norwich. In Nikolas Coupland and Adam Jaworski (eds.) The New Sociolinguistics Reader.
    1. Reading Response #3
      [Due Monday 5 p.m. 10/8]


    2. Variation Survey Data Collection for Quantitative Data Analysis Assignment
      [Due Thursday 10/5: Enter results in Google Doc by beginning of class, bring hard copies to class]
    Oct 11
    1. Quantitative Data Analysis Workshop
    2. (Bring your laptops to class!)
    4 Oct 16
    1. Local Identities and Communities of Practice
    1. Rickford, John. (1986) The need for new approaches to social class analysis in sociolinguistics. Language & Communication 6(3): 215-221.
    2. Eckert, Penelope. (2009) Ethnography and the Study of Variation.
    3. Bucholtz, Mary. (2009) 'Why be normal?' Language and identity practices in a community of nerd girls.
    1. Reading Response #4
      [Due Monday 5 p.m. 10/15]
    Oct 18
    5 Oct 23
    1. Audience, Style, and Interaction
    1. Quantitative Analysis Project
      [Due by Monday at 5 p.m. 10/22]
    2. Reading Response #5
      [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 10/24]

    3. Strongly recommended: Fulfill at least one experimental credit toward your experimental requirement by the end of this week

    Oct 25
    1. Coupland, Nikolas. (2007) Style for audiences. Style: Language Variation and Identity. 54-80.
    6 Oct 30
    1. Stylistic Practice and Social Meaning
    1. Podesva, Robert J. (2007) Three sources of stylistic meaning. Texas Linguistics Forum (Proceedings of the Symposium About Language and Society) 51:134-143.
    2. Mendoza-Denton, Norma. (1996) Muy macha: Gender and ideology in gang discourse about makeup. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology. 61(1).
    1. Reading Response #6
      [Due Monday 5 p.m. 10/29]

    2. Style project description and data links
      [Due Friday 5 p.m. 11/2]
    Nov 1
    7 Nov 6
    1. Social Change and Language Change
    1. Gal, Susan. (2009) Language change and sex roles in a bilingual community. In Nikolas Coupland and Adam Jaworski (eds.) The New Sociolinguistics Reader.
    2. Van Herk, Gerard. (2008) Fear of black phonology: the Northern Cities Shift as Linguistic White Flight. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 14(2).
    3. Zimman, Lal. (2014) Facebook, the gender binary, and third-person pronouns. OUPBlog.
    1. Reading Response #7
      [Due Monday 5 p.m. 11/5]

    Nov 8
    8 Nov 13
    1. Listener Perceptions and Awareness
    1. Style projects due Thursday 5 p.m. 11/15

    Nov 15
    1. No Class - Annette out of town
    10 Nov 21
    1. Performance & Parody
    1. Alim, H. Samy & Geneva Smitherman. (2012) Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. Ch. 6, "Change the Game": p. 167-192.
    Nov 23
    1. Thanksgiving Break - No Class
    9 Nov 20
    1. Linguistic Subordination: A Case Study of AAE


    1. Reading Response #8
      [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 11/15]


    2. One-paragraph final paper topic description and annotated bibliography due
      [Sunday 5 p.m. 11/19]
    Nov 16
    1. Authenticity, Crossing, and Appropriation
    1. Rampton, Ben. 2009. Crossing, Ethnicity and Code-Switching. In Nikolas Coupland and Adam Jaworski (eds.) The New Sociolinguistics Reader.
    2. Eberhardt, Maeve & Kara Freeman. 2015. 'First things first, I'm the realest': Linguistic appropriation, white privilege, and the hip-hop persona of Iggy Azalea. Journal of Sociolinguistics 19(3): 303-327.
    11 Nov 28
    1. Reading Week - No Class
    1. Experimental requirement must be completed by the end of reading week [Friday December 1]

    2. Final Paper [due Tuesday December 5, by 11:59pm]
    Nov 30