Honors | Dialect and Language Variation
L111 | 3289 | Botne

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Differences in language are inevitable in a society composed of
numerous social and ethnic groups. These differences in language serve
as one of the most obvious indicators of social and regional
affiliation. Consequently, they affect the impressions we have of
those we meet around us every day. In this course students will
consider what it means to talk about dialects in general and Indiana
dialects in particular. One focus throughout the course will be the
speech of young adults in Indiana: how it might be investigated, how
it differs from that identified in other studies, whether current
dialect differences match former dialect boundaries.

The text for the course is American English by Walt Wolfram and
Natalie Schilling-Estes. Supplementary readings for discussion
sections will be available in a course packet.

General and discussion sections
Two general class sessions per week will be devoted to lecture,
discussion, and small group activities concerning dialects and use.
The honors discussion session will focus on discussing issues noted in
the general sessions in more detail. Students will also use this small
group section to plan and carry out a research project on Indiana
dialect use or variation.