Linguistics 300: Experimental Sociolinguistics

Spring 2018

Class Meetings: Tuesday/Thursday
Time:11:00am-12:20pm
Classroom:Locy Hall 318
Instructor:Annette D'Onofrio
Email:donofrio at northwestern
Office:2016 Sheridan Rd., Room 106
Office hours:Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 (or by appt.)
Week Topic Readings Assignments
1 April 5
  1. Introduction
2 April 10
  1. Theories of Sociolinguistic Variation
  1. Labov, William. (1972) Chapter 4: The reflection of social processes in linguistic structures. Sociolinguistic Patterns.
  1. Reading Response #1
    [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 4/11]
April 12
  1. Eckert, Penelope (2012). Three waves of variation study: The emergence of meaning in the study of sociolinguistic variation.
3 April 17
  1. Social Meaning and Style in Listener Evaluations
  1. Cargile, Aaron C., Howard Giles, Ellen B. Ryan & James J. Bradac (1994). Language attitudes as a social process: A conceptual model and new directions.
  1. Reading Response #2
    [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 4/18]
April 19
  1. Campbell-Kibler, Kathryn (2009). The nature of sociolinguistic perception.
  2. Levon, Erez (2007). Sexuality in context: Variation and the sociolinguistic perception of identity.
4 April 24
  1. Social Expectations and Linguistic Perception
  1. Drager, Katie (2010). Sociophonetic variation in speech perception.
  1. Reading Response #3
    [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 4/25]
April 26
  1. Strand, Elizabeth A. (1999). Uncovering the role of gender stereotypes in speech perception.
  2. Koops, Christian, Elizabeth Gentry & Andrew Pantos (2008). The effect of perceived speaker age on the perception of PIN and PEN vowels in Houston, Texas.
  3. Optional additional reading: D'Onofrio, Annette. Forthcoming. Personae and phonetic detail in sociolinguistic signs.
5 May 1
  1. Imitation and Accommodation
  1. Giles, Howard, Nikolas Coupland & Justine Coupland (1991). Ch. 1: Accommodation theory: Communication, context, and consequence. Contexts of Accommodation.
  1. Reading Response #4
    [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 5/2]
May 3
  1. Pardo, Jennifer (2006). On phonetic convergence during conversational interaction.
  2. Yu, Alan C. L., Carissa Abrego-Collier & Morgan Sonderegger (2013). Phonetic imitation from an individual-difference perspective: Subjective attitude, personality and 'autistic' traits.

  3. Optional additional reading: Babel, Molly (2012). Evidence for phonetic and social selectivity in spontaneous phonetic imitation.
6 May 8
  1. Experimental Paradigms and Design
  1. Drager, Katie (2018). Experimental Research Methods in Sociolinguistics Ch. 3-4.
  1. Topic description and methods outline [In class class Thursday]
May 10
  1. Project Design Workshop
    (Bring laptop to class!)
  1. Review Tuesday slides, Drager (2018) readings; any readings from additional resources on Canvas relevant to your study ideas
7 May 15
  1. Awareness and Control
  1. Campbell-Kibler, Kathryn (2016). Towards a cognitively realistic model of meaningful sociolinguistic variation.
  1. Reading Response #5
    [Due Wednesday 5 p.m. 5/16]
  2. Abstracts and bibliography due Sunday 5/20 5 p.m.
May 17
  1. Levon, Erez & Sue Fox (2014). Social salience and the sociolinguistic monitor: A case study of ING and TH-fronting in Britain.
  2. Squires, Lauren (2016). Processing grammatical differences: Perceiving versus noticing.
8 May 22
  1. Experience & Stereotypes
  1. Drager, Katie & M. Joelle Kirtley (2016). Awareness, salience and stereotypes in exemplar-based models of speech production and perception.
  2. Sumner, Meghan & Arthur G. Samuel (2009). The effect of experience on the perception and representation of dialect variants.
  1. Reading Response #6
    [Due Friday 5 p.m. 5/25]

May 24
  1. No Class Meeting
    (Annette out of town)
  1. Readings for reading response:
  2. McGowan, Kevin B. (2015). Social expectation improves speech perception in noise.
  3. Szakay, Anita, Molly Babel & Jeanette King (2016). Social categories are shared across bilinguals' lexicons.
9 May 29
  1. Experiences & Stereotypes (continued)
  2. Wrap Up & Future Directions
May 31
  1. Project Presentations
    1. Project presentations in class [Randomly generated schedule TBA]
    2. Upload slides to Canvas by start of class Thursday
    10 June 5
    1. Project Presentations


    1. Project presentations in class
    2. Final Paper [due Monday June 11, 5:00 p.m.]